Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Over Highlighting

Dear Over Highlighter,

We all know that to accent, point out, or call attention to a certain part of any type of written document, highlighting has become the favorite choice of many. Although other methods are available, that simple bright yellow background stands out amongst competitors, literally.

But what you, Over Highlighter, are doing, qualifies as abuse. You rush through papers, casually highlighting everything as if everything were important. By the time you reach the end of the page only a sparse few words are left untouched.

You are not a highlighter, you are a lighter.

By the time you have finished you will not be able to really tell anything. Just like when you started, nothing stands out.

The only thing you have managed to accent was your own foolishness.



Don't Highlight Everything Please


  1. personal attacks. You might well have added by name in red text and blue highlighter. I have an explanation. I have good knowledge about some of my lazy readership who don't have time to read all I write or handle too much of my English massacare. And I confess that I can't write or express in few words and if they could get the gist from highlighted note, mission accomplished.
    The above lengthy comment of mine is exhibit a for my confession.

  2. That's the beauty of the rise of the internet, much less highlighter abuse. But now there's the email ALL IN CAPS writer who uses the caps lock to similar effect.

  3. I will see the ALL CAPS, and raise you all the "overused" "quote" "to" "make" "a" "point" person.

    Also to be detested is the overuse of the air quote. Any time folks at work use them, I air shoot them.

    I have never seen an overly aggressive highlighter, but I hope to one day. I bet he's like the sasquatch!

  4. I have a coworker who does that. Needless to say I don't lend her ANYTHING!

  5. Poor Highlighter though it's interesting that Yellow stands out... I wonder why? I prefer the green ones! :-D

  6. Hahaha that's real funny. I know a student or two who highlight everything. Baby Step 1: only highlight what is important. Have a nice day!

  7. I am guilty of doing this to my teen son. Just sayin.