I got the idea to write this after I read Tara's blog:I don't Know What to Blog: Blog Topic Ideas. I'm going to tell you about the most dangerous sentence I've ever written. And the sentence would embarrass me if people had a chance to read it.
I have a blog on one of user generated content websites for almost a year now. My reason to have a blog on the website is as a direct test to my writing ability. It has wide range of readers from native English readers and non-native English readers. I want to know what they think about my writing. Whether it is awful or at least understandable.
It was my recent blog post and I wrote about home remedy for certain disease. And I wrote an instruction how to use the remedy like this:
Grate it until smooth, then take a bit of the grater on our eyes' areas.
When I was writing it, I had difficulty in finding certain words. I thought grate is a process and grater is the result or the pulp. Until I checked my Gmail and found a warning from the website's moderator. Let me quote the warning:
Interesting topic, however please correct the grammar/spelling of your Hub. For example this sentence could be dangerously misunderstood to mean to grate your eyes with the grater.
Traditional grater in my country
Then, I checked on Google about the words grate and grater immediately. Well, according to Dictionary.com, grate is a process to reduce something (especially food) to small shreds by rubbing it on a tool named grater.
So, in the instruction I suggested that people put a grater on their eyes. It was embarrassing and dangerous and while I'm writing this I really hope no one read the post before the moderator noticed the mistake.
It reminds me the writing checklist I read from Tara's pictures picture that I should make sure I really understand all words that I use in my writing.