During a business trip to the hill station of Khajjiar — the "mini Switzerland" of India — a husband sent a telegram to his wife:

"I wish you were here."

The message received by the wife was:

"I wish you were her."

Shortly thereafter, the wife requested a separation – all because of one pesky little letter!

Moral of the story: Proofreading is not optional! Errors can be life-altering.


At Come Alive Communications, our editors are scrupulous, detail-loving linguists. Some of us probably even have an undiagnosed form of Editor’s OCD.

Does your message have to be perfect? Relax, because we won’t.