Responding to Stedman’s “Annoying Ways People Use Sources.”
I love the analogy in this. I really hate driving. Driving is the bane of my existence. The interstate is the most annoying part of my week. Grammar mistakes and driving do have things in common. It’s a surprising analogy.
Hitting a small animal in the road may seem like no big deal to a driver, but leaving an error in a paper can lead to dire consequences. (Maybe not dire, per say, but noticeable) A reader doesn’t want to stumble when they read. A reader wants the text to flow as it should. (I hope I’m not stumbling any of you right now.)
Plopping a quote into a paragraph is wrong, I am guilty of that one. I occasionally forget to put in lead-ins. I say, “Oh well, no one will notice.” My teachers notice though.
In short, try not to be annoying. Sometimes, you may do it on accident though and that is forgivable.