Why does this bug me? Two reasons:
- I believe a company's lack of attention to detail in language is a reflection of its attitude to its customer base.
- I'm concerned that constant misuse of grammar spreads, virus-like, among the population. Consider the number of incorrect uses of the word cliché.
But perhaps I'm being unfair. The web is still young(ish), after all; it's a Wild Westy frontier, where every business, non-profit and dog park is expected to have a presence. It would be unfair of me to expect everyone to understand the finer points of grammatical subtlety.
However, I'm pretty sure I can get on my high horse over this:
Or this, from Sony Thailand:
Or this, from Hartwell Elementary School, Harwell, Georgia:
Or this (extra points for getting it wrong when the correct word is 30 pixels away):
It's not as though "submit" is an unusual word. Anyone who has watched Law and Order or Perry Mason (or Matlock, for that matter) has heard someone submit something into evidence at some point. Anyone who has applied to college has submitted an application. Anyone who has ever watched a WWE match has seen at least one orange-tanned, spandex-clad wrestler sell a submission hold.
So how is it that mistakes like these make it into a public forum? I can only assume it's one of the following:
- The writer of the original content doesn't know what the word means.
- The site designer or coder doesn't know what the word means.
- No one who reviewed the finished product knows what the word means.
- Someone realized that the word was incorrect but assumed customers were too dumb to notice.
- All of the above.