The cost of mitsakes – Proofreading Day


March 8 is Proofreading Day. The day promotes error-free communication and encourages everyone to spend some time updating and expanding his or her proofreading skills.

Though overlooked and often disregarded, proofreading is incredibly important. Even if you are not passionate about the English language, while reading an advertisement, article or a report with errors it can sometimes become irritating to read or complex to understand. You will find it difficult to take the writer or company seriously. If the advertisement is being used in a big campaign to attract potential customers, poor English causes problems and a big waste of money.

As a company, it is also important to ensure that your emails, standard letters, as well as your promotional material is free from error and depicts your company in the professional manner that it should.

Proofreading is a careful examination and reading of any written text to spot spelling, grammatical, stylistic, and punctuation errors before its publication.

Proofreading or Copy Editing

While often confused with copy editing, proofreading does not usually include editorial revision. Unlike copy editors, who may receive copies or versions of the text throughout the writing or editing process, proofreaders only get to the see the final proof right before publication.

The job of the proofreader is to go carefully through documents and spot formatting and typography errors in the text. In contrast to a copy editor, who can fine-tune the text themselves after spotting errors, a proofreader is expected to send the text back to the writer or the editor for making corrections.

New technology

In recent years, with the emergence of word processing and typesetting software, the proofreading profession has undergone a sea change. Today, proofreaders do not need to use old-fashioned symbols to indicate errors – they can highlight errors right within the electronic text. New proofreading software has also cut down the time a proofreader needs to spend on a text.

Did You Know…

…that a 1631 reprint of the King James Bible was called the Wicked Bible because of a proofreading error? The commandment “Thou shalt not commit adultery” was mistakenly printed as “Thou shalt commit adultery.”

p.s. The error in the heading is on purpose!