Is Deductable A Word?
This post has absolutely nothing to do with mortgages, sales, or marketing; but it is being posted in our Top of Mind Networks Mortgage Sales and Marketing Blog anyway. It is, however, relevant to a post Mark Green did a while back on proofreading tips prior to sending out a letter.
It was recently pointed out to me that an email correspondence we sent out for a client had a misspelling in it; ‘deductable’ instead of ‘deductible’. In accordance with Mark’s 5 tips for proofreading your copy, the email was read by multiple people, read backwards, and done one sentence at a time. However, nobody noticed the misspelling. When this was brought to my attention the first thing I did was check the MS Word template used to create the email, and sure enough there were no red squiggly lines under ‘deductable’. For me, that is litmus test numero uno. I know, you should never put too much weight on Microsoft’s spell check; but the common consequence of that is using one correctly-spelled word instead of the word you intended… but if a word is flat out misspelled it is usually pretty good about alerting you of that. I then did a Google search for ‘define deductable’ and found this link from allwords.com.
So my question to the audience is this, is deductable actually a misspelled word? I am not sure if this brings up the discussion of “what makes a word correctly spelled?” or “who officially decides how a word is spelled?”, but I certainly recall the old saying of ain’t ain’t a word… but that now has its own Wikipedia entry.