Worst Writing EVER!

Unbelievable. No wonder the email that introduced me to this website landed in my spam box. At first I thought they were poor, uneducated people from a third-world country, but it turns out that “Whois” says the site is registered in Louisiana. Ahem.

The site is “www.bestcontenthelp.com.” What a scam!

Just look at this horrible writing! And this is just the homepage!!

Run-on sentence:

We know the importance of time in business hence we promise to deliver all our services well within the stipulated time.

Misspelled word, run-on sentence, and missing period:

We offer the industry’s best online support, we remiain committed to your betterment hence we are always online, giving you the power to get in touch whenever required

Whaaat?

More than often most businesses lack industry knowledge or communication skills that set the tone of documentations.

Misspelled word. How the hell do you misspell “word”?

We are here to offer our services to give your wqords the power of conviction.

Noun-pronoun mistake (“team” is a collective noun), and two misspelled words, and isn’t “concise” and “to the point” the same darn thing?

Our team of experts know how to write engaging content for your blogs that is conscise and to the point, making sure it angages the user to initiate contact with your website.

Oh, boy! Yeah, you sure have “experience” and know my “audience” all right!

Having years of expereince in the online field we have the right skills and attitude to creatively write web content that helps you communicate with your audence with clarity and authority.

It just gets worse and worse! In just one sentence their “team” manages to misspell “informative,” “writing” (twice), “impression,” and “audience” (for the second time on the homepage, but in a different way than the first time!):

Our team of highly informativbe writers know the art of writng press releases that are a perfect combination of digital journalism and business wrting to make a lasting mpression on the audeince.

What an incredible run-on sentence, with the very attractive “the their” at the end:

We create engaging and creative ebooks that help you educate your target audience without explicitly stating your business while all the while hinting that your business is the best fit for the their problem.

Oh, but you can trust ’em, see, ’cause they’ve done got a testimonial! Why, jus’ lookee here:

BellBeau Capital Being in the business for client servicing we need to develop too much content too quickly, Best Content Help has always been there to deliver their services and has always won us over. Thank you Best Content Help for your relentless services.

Cornelius McCarthy Business Unit Head

“Relentless services”! Too much!

 

Horrible Writing from a Global Defense Website

When you are an online “newspaper” that is dependent partially on contributions from your readership, it behooves you to establish editorial guidelines with respect to “style”: spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. Publicly declaring editorial standards sets the tone, and tells contributors and readers alike that you are serious and trustworthy. Without published standards, your content is all over the place.

But here’s the real question: does a publication without standards really care? Is it trustworthy? Is its writing professional, or is it half-assed?

I just saw a great example of a publication with no standards. (And, no, I’m not talking about The Huffington Post.) And here’s what it said about submissions. My editorial comments are in brackets.

“Write for XY News (XYN)” is a feature for guest writers to write about issues relevant to both ER & Global Defense.
[No, no. The quotation marks shouldn’t encompass the acronym; take the acronym out entirely. Plus, why is “global defense” capitalized? It’s not a proper noun phrase.]
 
Are you a newbie writer? Do you have story ideas but are hesitant to write it or have a writer’s block? Do you have a flair for writing, have a sound analytical insight, aren’t afraid of criticism then XYN is the right platform to connect with a daily average visitor base of more than 1,50,000 page views. XYN is one of the world’s most popular defense related websites.
[Where to start. There’s no such number as “1,50,000”; they either claim 1,500,000 page views or 150,000 page views, but I can’t believe they get a fraction of that. And there’s no noun-pronoun agreement between “ideas” (plural) and “it” (singular)! And that “Do you have a flair” sentence is a run-on (and on) in a big way. And don’t forget the hyphen in defense-related! Boo!]
 
Please note that XYN is a highly professional and dedicated defense news website and we do not publish unrelated articles or content that are lifted from other sources.
[Yeah, right. Here’s another run-on sentence. Plus, when you have an “or” construction (“articles or content”), the verb agrees with the noun closest to it, which, in this case, is singular, so that verb should be “is,” not “are.”]
The article must be at least 500+ words. Any relevant images for your post will be published by us. We’re not interested in articles that were half-assed, or slapped together in a few minutes.
 [I would say that “at least” makes the + sign redundant: one or the other, but not both. There’s a big problem with the verb tense in the “We’re not interested” sentence, because you’ve got to say “articles that are half-assed or were slapped together….” And I’m highly offended to see the word “half-assed” directed at potential contributors because this website’s content is so very lousy and this “call for submissions” text is some of the worst I’ve ever seen. “Half-assed” has no place in professional writing. No. Place.]
 
Share your own/original thoughts and blog your heart out. We look forward to hearing from you!
I’ll tell you what: f I were a potential contributor, someone serious, someone  with credibility, I’d take my defense news elsewhere, to people who weren’t so half-assed.
Geez! And these people are writing about global defense and misspelling the word “jet.” Unbelievable. And, that’s the sad thing. Their articles are unbelievable because their writing is so poor. I wouldn’t trust ’em as far as I could lob a missile at ’em.

Who knew?!

“Blessed” and “blest” are homonyms, though, I must say, when I’m in church I hear “bless-ed'” spoken as two syllables, with the emphasis on the -ed, like in “the blessed Virgin Mary.”

However, what’s the difference between “blessed” and “blest”? Is there a difference?

I thought, originally, that this could be one of those situations with a variant American English versus British English spelling, like “learned” versus “learnt.” But, no! Turns out, “blessed” is an adjective, while “blest” is the past tense of the verb “to bless.” Big difference!

Now you know! And so do I!