Today is the one year anniversary of the Proof That Proofreading Blog! Thanks for all the support! Here’s a Grammar Giggle about the importance of punctuation.
I’m not the easiest guy in the world to get along with. So when our anniversary rolled around, I wanted my wife to know how much I appreciated her tolerating me for the past 20 years. I ordered flowers and told the florist to enclose a card that read, “Thanks for putting up with me so long.”
When my wife got the delivery, she called me at work.
“Where are you going?” she asked.
“What do you mean?” I said.
She read the card aloud as the florist had written it: “Thanks for putting up with me. So long.”
—George Arnold, Melbourne, Florida
Read more: http://www.rd.com/jokes/funny/funny-stories/typo-through-the-tupils/#ixzz2dlt1srkO
We’ve had our monsoon rains here in Arizona. Along the freeways here in some places we have “retention” basins to hold the runoff from the freeways when it rains until it can dry up or be diverted. But someone in charge of the Severe Alert system must work for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
It’s really hard to read a seven word headline with two glaring errors. The worst part is that the same words in the story are spelled correctly, but the headline is what you see first and what determines if you even read the story. Spelling counts!
From Twitter. Dude – If you’re going to insult someone, it’s so much more effective if you at least use the right word!
This was on our local news station and is from a school district on the far west side of the Valley. I understand that this is a simple mistake with a stencil, but it’s a four letter word and shouldn’t be that difficult. Having that kind of mistake in front of a school only makes it worse. Spelling is important!
From Twitter. In honor of back to school time, here is another example of higher education proofreading problems. In my book, schools have a special standard with respect to English usage and grammar and THIS is not it. Perhaps they should focus more on academics and less on extracurricular activities. Oh well, off my soapbox. This picture shows how easy it is to confuse words that sound similar but don’t mean the same thing and proves that it never hurts to have someone else review important work.
I couldn’t resist passing this one on. I’m not sure if they call the hospital delivery areas “Labor iPods” in England or if Kate’s iPod and laptop were delivered while she was in labor (and is this really headline news?). Use of commas can make a difference!
This makes me wonder how many people this project went through before it was finalized, which proves that sometimes a fresh pair of eyes (yours or someone else’s) is the best proofreading tool.
Found this one on Twitter. I love that these apartments are directing themselves to “professional people” but don’t use the right word–“accepting”–in their literature.
Everything may be spelled correctly, but perfect spelling does not make things right. This is not Princess Beatrice, but Sue Sylvester might call him Princess Will . . .