Proofreading Prevents Embarrassment

© Judi Birnberg

A Frigate Bird (please spell it correctly) © Judi Birnberg

The following groanworthy errors are from Just My Typo, compiled by Drummond Moir. It’s all too easy to write a word you know well, a word that is close to the one you meant. We’ve all done this. Careful proofreading will prevent a red face.

As I’ve often nagged you, if you proofread silently at your normal pace you will read what you think you wrote, not what you actually wrote. You need to slow down and read out loud. Quietly is fine. The authors of the following sentences obviously neglected to do so:

Doctors now treat their patients with ultra-violent rays.
A polygon is a man who has many wives.
In biology today we digested a frog.
In the Middle Ages, people lived in rough huts with mating on the floor.

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Proofreading Prevents Embarrassment

  1. Janet Papkin

    Oh Judi, this picture is so wonderful! I love the tiny bit of red. And this post had me laughing out loud.

    Janet

    Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:20:10 +0000 To: papkin@msn.com

  2. Well the last bullet may have some truth to it!

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