I don’t claim to be the Grammar Police and I know I am just as guilty as many others when it comes to writing incorrectly; but one thing that was brought up on one of my DS team pages was SALE vs SELL. I have wanted to bring up that topic for months now but my team leader finally did and I was SO excited to see that post!
Again I am far from perfect and I am sure you will find a million things wrong with this post, but I do know the difference between SALE and SELL. Do you? I sure hope so because if you don’t you look like a complete idiot. Sorry to be blunt there but you really do!
So many times I have seen “I need a sell!” on team pages, friends FB walls and yes even FB Business Pages!! There are actually 2 things wrong with this and I am going to break it down for you right now.
First the word “NEED” should never be used when trying to make a sale. You may actually “need” that sale to stay active, pay a bill, or whatever but please don’t use the word NEED. You WANT the sale, you don’t NEED it. You appear desperate and well needy!
Second problem is the word “SELL”. You don’t “need” (or rather “want”) a SELL. You “want” (NOT “need”) a SALE.
Here’s another one, “Yay! I got a sell!”. I see this mostly on team pages and personal pages. “YAY!” is a favorite word of mine so we can let that one go (ha!). But you did not get a “sell”, you got a “sale”.
SALE VS SELL
Do you know the difference?
Sale is a NOUN.
It is not something you do. It is not something that does an action. A noun is a word (other than a pronoun) used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things common noun, or to name a particular one of these proper noun. (Source)
Simply put you cannot and will not ever SALE something.
Sell is a VERB.
This is something in action, something you do. A verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence, such as hear, become, happen. (Source)
The words Sale vs Sell is not a territory (where you live in the US or abroad) with a play on words like y’all and you all. Sale vs Sell is not a redneck thing. Sale vs Sell is not a hillbilly thing. Ok wait – depending on where that Redneck or Hillbilly is from SALE can actually sound like SELL (and vis versa) but I am talking about typing out the words rather than actually saying them in this post.
SALE and SELL are two separate words with two totally different meanings.