Spell Check Shucks!

Calling all business students! Here are some common (and uncommon) misspellings that I’ve taken a red pen to in business papers. Some, I see regularly. Others come out of left field. Regardless — they’re, their, there — good for a chuckle.


SWAT Analysis – unless you’re planning on batting me over the head with the paper, the business term is  ‘SWOT Analysis.’


Costumers – Although there’s an outside chance your paper is truly about circus folk assigned to dressing clowns, I’m think the correct term is C-U-S-T-O-M-E-R-S.


Two Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars – I realize the game here is to stretch the page length to meet the minimum required. However, business professionals tend to be efficient. Try $2.3M.


Tack Ticks – If I have to say a word out loud to understand the meaning, you have a problem. My advice – change your writing tactics.


  • Corey Gardner

    I find it funny that someone would write “SWAT Analysis” in a paper without realizing the proper spelling is SWOT. The letters stand for “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats” – what would the “A” stand for? Advantages, maybe? Regardless, if a student is writing a paper for a class in which specific terminology is used, it should be a no brainer that they must always double check the spelling of terms. Doing otherwise looks lazy on their part. Also, in regards to the spelling of “two million three hundred thousand dollars” I agree that this is done just to take up space. However, I do remember being taught by my english professors that one should always write out numbers as words, non-numerical notation in an essay format. So maybe it’s those teachers fault for ingraining that method of writing numbers into students heads. I never bothered to write out the numbers in full like that because it seemed annoying and took more time. Turns out, I may have been correct in my thinking, as it is now seen as being more efficient. Who would’ve thought?