Proof reading - a dying art?

  Graham. 00:28 08 Jan 2010
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'Typos' as they are politely called, unfortunately for me, leap off the page, much to my annoyance.

I was surprised, therefore, when I bought the Sunday Times last Sunday for the first time, to find none.

  Forum Editor 00:29 08 Jan 2010

a lot of proof-reading is done by software spell checkers, and unless the errors are acted upon when flagged they can end up in print.

  wiz-king 05:50 08 Jan 2010

I spot lots of them in our local paper, I got so annoyed with one weeks edition that I highlighted all of them I found and sent the paper back to the editor.
But, reading some of my comments both here and on my blogs all I can say is - guilty as charged! It is hard to spot your own mistakes when you know you told the computer to spell it correctly!!!*grin*

  KremmenUK 07:51 08 Jan 2010

It's more difficult to spot if the typo is a genuine word.

I have a dyslexic colleague who keeps using crated instead of created and that rarely gets picked up

  BT 08:20 08 Jan 2010

I had a tour around the Times newspaper plant some years ago, and when we were have the beer and sandwiches at the end in the Boardroom the subject of mistakes/typos was brought up. We were challenged to find any in the Complimentary issue we were given. Needless to say none were found, and we were told that its one of their aims.

Its not so much the Typos that get me but the use of the wrong words, i.e. 'brought' instead of 'bought', which you hear all the time on radio/TV.

  Quickbeam 08:54 08 Jan 2010

Kant sey az i,ve notised meny laty...

  hastelloy 09:09 08 Jan 2010

Thats coz u lernt to tork proper like as ow wot I did!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:46 08 Jan 2010

I have a spelling chequer

It came with my pea sea

It plainly marques four my revue

Miss steaks eye cannot sea

When eye strike a quay, right a word

I weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar wright

It shows me strait away

As soon as a mist ache is made

It nose bee fore two late

And eye can put the error rite

Its rarely, rarely grate

I've run this poem threw it

I'm shore your pleased to no

It's letter perfect in it's weigh

My chequer trolled me sew

Sauce unknown

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:50 08 Jan 2010

Sauce unknown

I think it came from a HP machine :0)

  Quickbeam 12:29 08 Jan 2010

I find I make more typos on this little netbook than when using a full size keyboard.

  Toneman 13:58 08 Jan 2010

Shouldn't that be "an HP machine"?

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