Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > General Topics > The Lounge
GenBiz

The Lounge A Catch-All Area for NON-GUN topics.
Keep it Family Friendly. See The Rules for Banned Topics!
PUT GUN TOPICS in the GUN FORUMS.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-12-2009, 07:26 AM
walkinghorse walkinghorse is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Black Hills
Posts: 2,996
Likes: 16,884
Liked 10,029 Times in 2,073 Posts
Default

The recent thread on gun writers, magazine articles, etc. has me thinking about published writing works and errors, particularly spelling and grammatical errors that occurs.

I am rereading some well known works, but only have later published versions in paperback. Throughout some of these works misspelled words, or other grammar errors appear fairly regular. Most of the misspellings appear to be words missing a letter or two, or a comma is dropped. This seems to make the overall structure of writing fit the format of the book. In short the occasional word does not run outside the structure of the body of the printing, and each side of the writing forms a neat vertical line.

Does anyone know if this is forced by the book, magazine, article publisher for convenience, or is it a true misspelling, or other grammar error? With all of the computer tools, and other electronic formatting available, it would seem that this would have to be deliberate, or is it just another error?
__________________
Wherever my mind isn't
Jim
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-12-2009, 07:26 AM
walkinghorse walkinghorse is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Black Hills
Posts: 2,996
Likes: 16,884
Liked 10,029 Times in 2,073 Posts
Default

The recent thread on gun writers, magazine articles, etc. has me thinking about published writing works and errors, particularly spelling and grammatical errors that occurs.

I am rereading some well known works, but only have later published versions in paperback. Throughout some of these works misspelled words, or other grammar errors appear fairly regular. Most of the misspellings appear to be words missing a letter or two, or a comma is dropped. This seems to make the overall structure of writing fit the format of the book. In short the occasional word does not run outside the structure of the body of the printing, and each side of the writing forms a neat vertical line.

Does anyone know if this is forced by the book, magazine, article publisher for convenience, or is it a true misspelling, or other grammar error? With all of the computer tools, and other electronic formatting available, it would seem that this would have to be deliberate, or is it just another error?
__________________
Wherever my mind isn't
Jim
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-12-2009, 08:06 AM
rocketdog rocketdog is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: St. Louis MO
Posts: 362
Likes: 36
Liked 45 Times in 31 Posts
Default

Guessing just errors.

I read a lot and find gun errors annoying. Recent goofs run across include the Marines using Garland rifles in Korea, a detective using a Takarov pistol, someone leaving a Glock with the safety off, someone loading a Beretta 92 14 shot magazine, someone using a Browning HP with 14 shot magazine, a character in one chapter using a shotgun which somehow turns into a 98k two chapters later etc.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #4  
Old 04-12-2009, 08:06 AM
ingmansinc's Avatar
ingmansinc ingmansinc is offline
US Veteran
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,498
Likes: 0
Liked 46 Times in 14 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by walkinghorse:
The recent thread on gun writers, magazine articles, etc. has me thinking about published writing works and errors, particularly spelling and grammatical errors that occurs.

I am rereading some well known works, but only have later published versions in paperback. Throughout some of these works misspelled words, or other grammar errors appear fairly regular. Most of the misspellings appear to be words missing a letter or two, or a comma is dropped. This seems to make the overall structure of writing fit the format of the book. In short the occasional word does not run outside the structure of the body of the printing, and each side of the writing forms a neat vertical line.

Does anyone know if this is forced by the book, magazine, article publisher for convenience, or is it a true misspelling, or other grammar error? With all of the computer tools, and other electronic formatting available, it would seem that this would have to be deliberate, or is it just another error?
Souldn't that be "errors that occur."?
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #5  
Old 04-12-2009, 02:32 PM
Texas Star Texas Star is offline
US Veteran
Absent Comrade
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 20,376
Likes: 24,283
Liked 16,128 Times in 7,400 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by ingmansinc:
Quote:
Originally posted by walkinghorse:
The recent thread on gun writers, magazine articles, etc. has me thinking about published writing works and errors, particularly spelling and grammatical errors that occurs.

I am rereading some well known works, but only have later published versions in paperback. Throughout some of these works misspelled words, or other grammar errors appear fairly regular. Most of the misspellings appear to be words missing a letter or two, or a comma is dropped. This seems to make the overall structure of writing fit the format of the book. In short the occasional word does not run outside the structure of the body of the printing, and each side of the writing forms a neat vertical line.

Does anyone know if this is forced by the book, magazine, article publisher for convenience, or is it a true misspelling, or other grammar error? With all of the computer tools, and other electronic formatting available, it would seem that this would have to be deliberate, or is it just another error?
Souldn't that be "errors that occur."?

Yes. Walkinghorse made a boo-boo of the sort that he criticized. I caught that, but was hoping that someone else would mention it first.
But check your own post. It has a misspelled word and a period that doesn't belong, before the second quotation mark. See how easy it is to make errors?

Back to the question...automatic typesetting machines and editing space cause some errors. And we have a generation of printers who never learned to spell. "Justification" of the printed work causes some dropped letters. They want columns of print to be even on both sides.

But arrogant reporters who have to spell a word that they don't know is an issue, as with the jerk who wrote "Garland" for "Garand".

A couple of writers have messed up in books. C.J. Box once had his game warden hero, Joe Pickett, use a Remington M-870 that he didn't have with him! He had left it behind in an earlier chapter and never went back for it. Suzanne Arruda ( www.suzannearruda.com ) just had Jade del Cameron use her knife to cut free her boyfriend, who had been captured by the bad guy. BUT...Jade had left that knife in a leopard's shoulder earlier. After throwing the knife at the leopard! I doubt that she'd have been able to get it to stick into the leopard, which was soon killed by a semi-tame lion in an animal dealer's warehouse. Nonetheless, her book, "The Leopard's Prey" is a good read, as is all of the Jade del Cameron series. I like her character carrying a Winchester in 1920 Kenya, and carrying a knife in her boot. She was raised on a ranch in New Mexico, the daughter of an American and a Spanish noblewoman.

I've talked with Mr. Box, a very nice man who readily admitted that he had lost track of the shotgun, which is the same model that HE hunts with. And I know Mrs. Arruda, who is also very nice, and an excellent writer. Errors like that just happen occasionally, because a book is so long that it gets hard for the author to recall all that has happened. If the writer is not particularly weapons-oriented, it's easy to "lose" a gun or knife, I guess, then have it miraculously appear in a later chapter.

I'd like to stress that these are fine authors, and I find no errors in their work, other than those mentioned. They write good books, well worth seeking out. And both defy the current trend in publishing in having armed characters who are on the right side!

Hint: keep an eye out for Jade del Cameron to change her Winchester M-94 for a more effective model in, "Treasure of the Golden Cheetah", due out in hardcover in September. (Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt would have approved of her new rifle. But it's not in the caliber that you may think it is! I suggested a .275 Rigby, but the author likes the idea of an American girl using a Winchester.)

T-Star
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #6  
Old 04-12-2009, 02:36 PM
Camster Camster is online now
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 3,662
Likes: 861
Liked 1,766 Times in 884 Posts
Default

fairly "regularly"
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-12-2009, 02:45 PM
walkinghorse walkinghorse is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Black Hills
Posts: 2,996
Likes: 16,884
Liked 10,029 Times in 2,073 Posts
Default

Quote:
Back to the question...automatic typesetting machines and editing space cause some errors. And we have a generation of printers who never learned to spell. "Justification" of the printed work causes some dropped letters. They want columns of print to be even on both sides.
Thanks T-Star, that is what I was asking!
I was hoping you might respond, being in the business!
__________________
Wherever my mind isn't
Jim
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #8  
Old 04-12-2009, 02:55 PM
Texas Star Texas Star is offline
US Veteran
Absent Comrade
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 20,376
Likes: 24,283
Liked 16,128 Times in 7,400 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by walkinghorse:
Quote:
Back to the question...automatic typesetting machines and editing space cause some errors. And we have a generation of printers who never learned to spell. "Justification" of the printed work causes some dropped letters. They want columns of print to be even on both sides.
Thanks T-Star, that is what I was asking!
I was hoping you might respond, being in the business!

You're very welcome! I'm glad that I could help.

T-Star
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-12-2009, 03:25 PM
ingmansinc's Avatar
ingmansinc ingmansinc is offline
US Veteran
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,498
Likes: 0
Liked 46 Times in 14 Posts
Default

Yes. Walkinghorse made a boo-boo of the sort that he criticized. I caught that, but was hoping that someone else would mention it first.
But check your own post. It has a misspelled word and a period that doesn't belong, before the second quotation mark. See how easy it is to make errors?
------------------------------------------------
Darn, just when I thought I caught somebody making a mistake and I stub my toe and fall down in front of everybody. How embarrassing.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #10  
Old 04-12-2009, 03:56 PM
Ron H.'s Avatar
Ron H. Ron H. is offline
US Veteran
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,521
Likes: 33
Liked 246 Times in 117 Posts
Default

Sir, no editor or publisher would introduce spelling or grammatical errors on purpose, and neither QuarkXpress nor Adobe InDesign (common page layout programs) will introduce such errors when justifying columns. Microsoft Word will sometimes introduce errors via auto-correction, but the editors and proofers are supposed to catch those. Old-school typesetting can, too, but I don't know how much of that is still done today. The magazine I work for went to fully digital printing years ago, as did many others.

In short, the errors you see are just that--errors. Frankly, if you're reading some publication and *not* finding errors, you're not watching closely enough.

Hope this helps, and Semper Fi.

Ron H.
__________________
Wishin' don't make it so.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #11  
Old 04-12-2009, 07:46 PM
jkc jkc is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 2,828
Likes: 1,256
Liked 627 Times in 355 Posts
Default

Quote:
In short, the errors you see are just that--errors. Frankly, if you're reading some publication and *not* finding errors, you're not watching closely enough.
+1!

Another quirky error you'll see occasionally is the erroneous use of a homophone --- a word that sounds the same as another word with a different meaning. If the unintended word is spelled correctly, most spell checking software doesn't catch the error, and seemingly, most proofreaders, copyeditors, and whatever is the contemporary equivalent of "typesetter" are DQ'd for these positions if they are not functionally illiterate. Examples include to/too/two, raise/raze, peak/pique, &tc. Someone occasionally posts here a poem comprised of homophones, which is quite amusing.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-12-2009, 11:03 PM
5Wire's Avatar
5Wire 5Wire is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Portsmouth NH USA
Posts: 2,455
Likes: 1,725
Liked 1,578 Times in 626 Posts
Default

I've spent over thirty years in printing and publishing and I've worked with some of the best copy editors, content editors, proofreaders, and writers in the business using the best composition and page make up equipment available, the best printing facilities, the most skilled operators.

Misspellings happen. Typos happen. Wrong words happen. Bad grammar happens. Images are flopped, printed out of register, or under inked, folds and trims are out of square. The list is endless. Usually the equipment doesn't screw up but if if it does and you're lucky enough to find out how, sometimes you can fix it it in time. But the overriding Murphy's law of publishing first puts errors in front of the eyes of the people most likely to be most annoyed by them, usually the person who paid for the publishing or who represents the publisher. This usually happens after distribution has been fulfilled.

Error remedies are part of any publishing or printing budget. All proofing procedures are designed to put the burden of approval on the publisher: comprehensive design proofs, 1st type proofs, page proofs, imposition proofs, press proofs, bindery proofs, any kind of proof you can require, all require "customer" approval before proceeding to the next step.

No one consistently publishes error free work. If you're seriously aiming to do so, hire the meanest proofreaders you can find, the most experienced editors, and never, ever proofread your own stuff: you didn't see the mistake when you made it and you won't see it if you "proof" it yourself.
__________________
Bob
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #13  
Old 04-13-2009, 04:09 AM
BarbC's Avatar
BarbC BarbC is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Central FL
Posts: 3,829
Likes: 468
Liked 523 Times in 178 Posts
Default

In the olden days when I was a legal secretary, we "proofed" property descriptions by reading them backwards with someone else. When you read forwards, your brain naturally fills in the gaps.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #14  
Old 04-13-2009, 06:55 AM
Ogandydancer's Avatar
Ogandydancer Ogandydancer is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: High Point North Carolina
Posts: 2,326
Likes: 595
Liked 1,647 Times in 740 Posts
Default

<span class="ev_code_BLUE">The ones that really get to me are the ones who cannot discern the differences between the words to too and two and their and there and their proper uses. I blame the internet for a lot of misspelled words and lots of improper grammar. With all their made up words and expressions. They have totally ruined our younger generation. Besides our shcools do not seem to stress the importantance of proper grammar and spelling like they once did. I know this will probably date me but, when we took an exam at school spelling and grammar counted as part of the grade as well as neatness. Makes me wonder what ever happened to these qualities?.</span>
__________________
I Cor. 10:13 "1611KJV"
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-13-2009, 07:12 AM
7.62foryou's Avatar
7.62foryou 7.62foryou is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 245
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
Default

Quote:
The list is endless. Usually the equipment doesn't screw up but if if it does and you're lucky enough to find out how, sometimes you can fix it it in time.
5wire Are pulling our leg(s)?
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 04-13-2009, 07:38 AM
5Wire's Avatar
5Wire 5Wire is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Portsmouth NH USA
Posts: 2,455
Likes: 1,725
Liked 1,578 Times in 626 Posts
Default

nnnno.
__________________
Bob
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #17  
Old 04-13-2009, 07:45 AM
5Wire's Avatar
5Wire 5Wire is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Portsmouth NH USA
Posts: 2,455
Likes: 1,725
Liked 1,578 Times in 626 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by BarbC:
In the olden days when I was a legal secretary, we "proofed" property descriptions by reading them backwards with someone else. When you read forwards, your brain naturally fills in the gaps.
That is a good way. Having a copy holder read while the proofer proofs is tried & true.
__________________
Bob
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #18  
Old 04-13-2009, 01:50 PM
Mediumbore Mediumbore is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 138
Likes: 11
Liked 39 Times in 14 Posts
Default

As an occasional writer, I find myself making these sorts of errors for a reason that sounds odd. I write what I am thinking, then when I go back over a paragraph I find my brain feeding back what I MEANT to write not what I DID write. This is why it is a good idea to proof read after some time, maybe a day or two, has passed so you are less likely to gloss over the errors you made.

When these errors occur, try not to find full fault with the writer. After all, the editor should be picking it up as well.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #19  
Old 04-13-2009, 07:15 PM
Gatofeo's Avatar
Gatofeo Gatofeo is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Remote Utah desert
Posts: 355
Likes: 0
Liked 96 Times in 38 Posts
Default

I was a reporter for 12 years, from 1985 to 1997.
When I worked on weekly papers, I also put the pages together, using galley for columns and a Compugraphic machine to create headlines.
From personal experience, I agree that typos are common. The best way to eliminate typos is to get someone else to read what you write. It's easy to miss your own typo or mistake.
I'm still a big believer, if time permits, in printing out the rough draft and reading it on paper. You'll spot more errors on paper than you will onscreen.
Some words I call, "Trip Wire Words" because they can get you in major trouble if you omit one letter. Alas, the new version is a word itself and not caught by Spell Check.
Trip-Wire Words include:

Public becomes pubic as in, "The mayor will give a pubic address ..."

Count becomes a very nasty word with the omission of one letter. The daily I worked on made this mistake one day -- one very ugly word repeated in 40,000 issues, distributed over a wide region!

In the 1880s it was reported in a London newspaper that the "Queen passed over the bridge."
Alas, one letter got replaced and the Queen ended up doing a bodily function over the bridge!

When I worked on papers, reporters and ad artists came to me if they had a gun question.
I caught many .9 millimeter, 30 Odd 6, 357 Magi, 410 gauge, 22 caliper, shootgun, Rugger, Smithon Wesson and other mistakes.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #20  
Old 04-13-2009, 07:40 PM
5Wire's Avatar
5Wire 5Wire is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Portsmouth NH USA
Posts: 2,455
Likes: 1,725
Liked 1,578 Times in 626 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Gatofeo:

...Trip-Wire Words include:

Public becomes pubic as in, "The mayor will give a pubic address ..."

Count becomes a very nasty word with the omission of one letter. The daily I worked on made this mistake one day -- one very ugly word repeated in 40,000 issues, distributed over a wide region!

In the 1880s it was reported in a London newspaper that the "Queen passed over the bridge."
Alas, one letter got replaced and the Queen ended up doing a bodily function over the bridge!
Good ones!

An editor I worked with had a favorite from USNA in Annapolis the graduation booklet was printed."United States Navel Academy."
__________________
Bob
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Like Post:
  #21  
Old 04-13-2009, 11:49 PM
Roose Hurro Roose Hurro is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Northern California
Posts: 41
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by rocketdog:
Guessing just errors.

I read a lot and find gun errors annoying. Recent goofs run across include the Marines using Garland rifles in Korea, a detective using a Takarov pistol, someone leaving a Glock with the safety off, someone loading a Beretta 92 14 shot magazine, someone using a Browning HP with 14 shot magazine, a character in one chapter using a shotgun which somehow turns into a 98k two chapters later etc.
I had one that was worse: A character's gelding turned into a mare within two paragraphs (or was it a mare into a gelding?)....

Actually, the worst error I ever encountered in a book was this hardcover edition in which one chapter ended in another chapter. You know, reading along, suddenly BANG! the scene shifts, and the rest of the chapter is the ending of a totally different chapter. Ended up buying another copy of that book in paperback, and found nearly an entire chapter had gone missing in the hardcover.


------------------------------------------------
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 08-13-2019, 11:39 PM
Onomea's Avatar
Onomea Onomea is online now
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oregon & Japan
Posts: 11,949
Likes: 37,278
Liked 26,662 Times in 7,344 Posts
Default

A very fun blast from the past! Ten years. (Usually these zombie threads pop up and I’ll be reading through and come across a remarkably perspicacious post ... only to realize it my post from years before that I have totally forgotten.)
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 08-14-2019, 01:47 AM
Golddollar's Avatar
Golddollar Golddollar is online now
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Near Gettysburg
Posts: 7,090
Likes: 39,374
Liked 15,819 Times in 5,265 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BarbC View Post
In the olden days when I was a legal secretary, we "proofed" property descriptions by reading them backwards with someone else. When you read forwards, your brain naturally fills in the gaps.
Boy does that bring back memories! I can remember many times how the managing partner in my office and I would work together on legal descriptions, with one of us reading aloud the printed legal description of a property with the other one following along on the survey. It was amazing how many mistakes we caught. Errors going into the Land Records have a tendency to last a very long time.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 08-14-2019, 03:46 AM
rwsmith's Avatar
rwsmith rwsmith is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: (outside) Charleston, SC
Posts: 29,676
Likes: 38,890
Liked 27,544 Times in 13,097 Posts
Default One thing that definitely extinct......

...proofreading.
__________________
"He was kinda funny lookin'"
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 08-14-2019, 04:12 AM
Bill 76 Bill 76 is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 61
Likes: 249
Liked 102 Times in 37 Posts
Default

I read quite a lot and sometimes I see errors but for I to critique someone else's spelling or grammar is a path I will not walk
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #26  
Old 08-14-2019, 11:07 AM
5Wire's Avatar
5Wire 5Wire is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Portsmouth NH USA
Posts: 2,455
Likes: 1,725
Liked 1,578 Times in 626 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron H. View Post
Sir, no editor or publisher would introduce spelling or grammatical errors on purpose, and neither QuarkXpress nor Adobe InDesign (common page layout programs) will introduce such errors when justifying columns. Microsoft Word will sometimes introduce errors via auto-correction, but the editors and proofers are supposed to catch those. Old-school typesetting can, too, but I don't know how much of that is still done today. The magazine I work for went to fully digital printing years ago, as did many others.

In short, the errors you see are just that--errors. Frankly, if you're reading some publication and *not* finding errors, you're not watching closely enough.

Hope this helps, and Semper Fi.

Ron H.
Absolutely correct, Ron.

Most errors are copy editing and proofreading. Never ever proofread your own stuff, the same mistakes you missed when preparing copy you'll miss when proofing it. Publishers should employ at least one competent proofreader. It helps to be able to afford these things.

Some mechanical errors creep in as "overset" when making up pages—especially multi-column pages—using dedicated page makeup software. Pre-output check utilities are helpful.
__________________
Bob

Last edited by 5Wire; 08-14-2019 at 11:11 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 08-14-2019, 11:28 AM
Absalom's Avatar
Absalom Absalom is offline
SWCA Member
Absent Comrade
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Oregon
Posts: 12,850
Likes: 10,111
Liked 27,931 Times in 8,456 Posts
Default

Simple typos or common misspellings are not much fun to point out.

It gets interesting if the incorrect spelling either creates something unintentionally funny, or reveals a writer’s lack of preparation or ignorance. These generally are not grammatically wrong and might not be caught by a proofreader.

I’m pointing this out because just the other day, in a book about WW II, I came across a reference to the 1942 St. Nazaire Raid in which the British destroyer involved was repeatedly mentioned as “HMS Cambletown”. Now that is indeed how you pronounce it. However, it is spelled “Campbeltown”, thus revealing the author as a superficial phonetic speller who apparently didn’t bother to actually read up on it, but heard about it somehow.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #28  
Old 08-14-2019, 11:30 AM
TX-Dennis TX-Dennis is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: The Rugged Llano Estacado
Posts: 3,065
Likes: 14,788
Liked 4,495 Times in 1,854 Posts
Default

Two well regarded authors that I read regularly have had safeties on their Glocks. I have yet to read a book without a spelling error or two. Grammatical errors are common. I make them too. No one is perfect int hat regard.

I once bought an ebook on amazon that had the most atrocious grammar and spelling I've ever seen. It was written and self published by a fellow with three Master's degrees (or so he claimed). Evidently none of them were in English. I found it to be literally painful to read, and I had to stop trying to read it a couple of chapters in.
__________________
Or something like that . . .
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 08-14-2019, 12:18 PM
Alk8944's Avatar
Alk8944 Alk8944 is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sandy Utah
Posts: 7,324
Likes: 1,044
Liked 5,720 Times in 2,468 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Texas Star View Post
I suggested a .275 Rigby, but the author likes the idea of an American girl using a Winchester.)

T-Star

Overall an excellent response to OPs question. I would like to point out that having a Winchester, Model 25 or Model 70, in .275 Rigby (7x57 Mauser), would not have been inappropriate, but would probably require a parenthetical explanation for many people to understand.
__________________
Gunsmithing S&W since 1961
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 08-14-2019, 12:25 PM
Golddollar's Avatar
Golddollar Golddollar is online now
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Near Gettysburg
Posts: 7,090
Likes: 39,374
Liked 15,819 Times in 5,265 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mediumbore View Post
As an occasional writer, I find myself making these sorts of errors for a reason that sounds odd. I write what I am thinking, then when I go back over a paragraph I find my brain feeding back what I MEANT to write not what I DID write. This is why it is a good idea to proof read after some time, maybe a day or two, has passed so you are less likely to gloss over the errors you made.
At my last job I seem to remember an intention to create a "Paperless Office." As one who did not grow up with a computer in my crib, I found that I could not trust myself to proof read from a computer screen. And I always found it to be a good idea to let a writing "sit and cool" for at least a couple hours before trying to proof read, not only for errors but for content too. I had a professor whose lesson was always "Draftsmanship" and 35 years later I could still hear his words ringing in my ears.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #31  
Old 08-14-2019, 01:34 PM
rockquarry rockquarry is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 5,130
Likes: 4
Liked 5,867 Times in 2,758 Posts
Default

If it's good material worth reading, I can easily ignore the occasional error that becomes a daunting stumbling block for the obsessive.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #32  
Old 08-14-2019, 01:41 PM
Rustyt1953's Avatar
Rustyt1953 Rustyt1953 is online now
US Veteran
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 33,560
Likes: 54,259
Liked 150,875 Times in 27,414 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rockquarry View Post
If it's good material worth reading, I can easily ignore the occasional error that becomes a daunting stumbling block for the obsessive.
Exactly!!

I know what folks are saying no matter what the delivery is.

For example:

"cnduo't bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghhuot slelinpg was ipmorantt! See if yuor fdreins can raed tihs too."

Pro tip: "Preview Post" is a remarkable tool.
__________________
Wot's all this then?
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #33  
Old 08-14-2019, 02:41 PM
Absalom's Avatar
Absalom Absalom is offline
SWCA Member
Absent Comrade
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Oregon
Posts: 12,850
Likes: 10,111
Liked 27,931 Times in 8,456 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rockquarry View Post
If it's good material worth reading, I can easily ignore the occasional error that becomes a daunting stumbling block for the obsessive.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rustyt1953 View Post
Exactly!!

I know what folks are saying no matter what the delivery is.

....
The line between maintaining certain standards and OCD is fluid in most aspects of life.

You can make yourself perfectly understood while misspelling many words, just like you can survive quite well without taking showers, but both will likely have a negative impact on your interactions with other people and your reputation
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #34  
Old 08-14-2019, 03:49 PM
292's Avatar
292 292 is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Northeastern NC
Posts: 460
Likes: 1,195
Liked 621 Times in 228 Posts
Default

I write weekly newspaper column on outdoorsy stuff. Every now and then I’ll make mistake that gets by my proof reading and the editors. Then, when I read the actual paper the mistake sticks out like a sore thumb. Stuff happens.
__________________
Do it outdoors
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 08-14-2019, 04:14 PM
rockquarry rockquarry is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 5,130
Likes: 4
Liked 5,867 Times in 2,758 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 292 View Post
I write weekly newspaper column on outdoorsy stuff. Every now and then I’ll make mistake that gets by my proof reading and the editors. Then, when I read the actual paper the mistake sticks out like a sore thumb. Stuff happens.
I've seen the same a number of times and always regret it; a natural reaction to a mistake. For me, the regret is momentary and unimportant if I've done an otherwise good job.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #36  
Old 08-14-2019, 04:34 PM
Doug627's Avatar
Doug627 Doug627 is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 3,155
Likes: 13,320
Liked 9,430 Times in 2,316 Posts
Default

One time, my grandmother was corrected by one of my uncles. Her response was epic. She asked him if he knew what she meant? He said he did. She told him that if he understood her he should just shut up. That was the end of corrections. As to this forum, we have many people of different education levels. Education is not the same as wisdom and intelligence. Many wise and intelligent people have not had the privilege of an advanced education. That does not equate to being less intelligent than those better educated. I first learned this while sitting on the front porch of my grandmother's house in West Virginia and listening to all the different people stopping by to visit. I picked up more wisdom listening to those people than I did in most of my classes. They conveyed the wisdom through broken English but I understood it. This also was proven to me when speaking to people while looking for witnesses in cases as an attorney. The lesser educated people, or those with poor grammar, were ignored by others but I spent time with them hearing their stories and observations. They frequently were witnesses that turned the case to my favor. Rather than spend time on how something is conveyed, why not just listen to what is being said? You may be surprised at the wisdom.
__________________
I didn't see that coming.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #37  
Old 08-14-2019, 04:38 PM
crazyphil crazyphil is offline
US Veteran
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Boise, Idaho
Posts: 7,774
Likes: 35,064
Liked 28,312 Times in 5,827 Posts
Default

Let he (or she) who has never committed a spelling or grammatical error
cast the first stone.
__________________
In Omnia Paratus
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #38  
Old 08-14-2019, 08:36 PM
Golddollar's Avatar
Golddollar Golddollar is online now
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Near Gettysburg
Posts: 7,090
Likes: 39,374
Liked 15,819 Times in 5,265 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rockquarry View Post
I've seen the same a number of times and always regret it; a natural reaction to a mistake. For me, the regret is momentary and unimportant if I've done an otherwise good job.
That's happened to me too with my minutes for the town planning commission.
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 08-14-2019, 09:22 PM
Texas Star Texas Star is offline
US Veteran
Absent Comrade
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 20,376
Likes: 24,283
Liked 16,128 Times in 7,400 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alk8944 View Post
Overall an excellent response to OPs Moquestion. I would like to point out that having a Winchester Model 25 or Model 70, in .275 Rigby (7x57 Mauser), would not have been inappropriate, but would probably require a parenthetical explanation for many people to understand.
First, I think you mean a Model 54 or Model 70, and at least the latter came in 7X57mm Mauser, same round as the .275 Rigby, Rigby's patented bullets being the only difference. I think Model 54 was also made in 7mm; will check..

The Model 25 Winchester is rather obscure, but I think it was a solid frame (not take-down) version of the Model 12 pump shotgun. Where did you get that model in your head for a 7mm rifle?!

Next, her books are set in Kenya in the 1920's, so a Model 70 was out of the question. It wasn't made until 1937!

Mrs. Arruda credits me as a firearms consultant in her later books, which I deeply appreciate. But she was pretty stubborn about wanting Colt and Winchester arms, those being probably the only iconic American brand names she knew. Like most academics, she is woefully ignorant of firearms.

Because Rigby, H&H, Westley Richards, Mauser, Mannlicher-Schoenauer, etc. were widely used in her setting, I'd have preferred one of them, as they were technologically more advanced than US rifles of the day. A sporting version of the Lee-Enfield .303 would also have been a very likely choice for her characters. In fact, she did have a British lord use a Mannlicher. A Springfield sporter would fit.

I wrote 33 stories on FanFiction.net Most were about a TV show, "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World." One was a "Criminal Minds" fic, but made more authentic than the TV show, while remaining in character for the BAU and a plausible case. In these, I was very careful to use appropriate firearms and other items.

For instance, the characters drink tea from British firms in business then, enjoy Canada Dry ginger ale only after I confirmed that it has been made since 1907, and the guns, cars, animals, etc., are all very realistic for the times and places. I did have character Finn exchange her little crossbow for firearms,all types she could acquire in the circumstances.

BTW, these fics were for average readers, so I did not specify that her S&W M&P .38 was a Model of 1905, 4th Change, made late enough to have had a heat treated cylinder and Made in USA marked on the frame. That would be too technical for most readers. But I thought about the exact one she'd carry and even had it use the gold medallion stocks used by guns made a few years before. I thought I'd explain that if I had to by saying that S&W had found a barrel of older grips and used them a few years after they were no longer made. A very real possibility, as the company used older parts rather than discard them.

I may check on your M-25 Winchester, but am almost certain that it was a variant of the M-12 shotgun. I think Elmer Keith mentioned it in,"Shotguns." I'll dig out my copy and see. BTW, in my fan fiction, I did have, "Lost World" character Ned Malone use a M-54 Winchester in .270 and a Griffin & Howe .30-06, but only after the explorers had left the Plateau, married, and were on safari. By then, 1928-29, the M-54 was available, and Ned might well have wanted to try the new high velocity .270. His friends used .275 Rigbys and a .318 Westley Richards in that role, and had sporting .303's and heavier rifles for larger game. Finn got a Westley Richards .450/.400 for her heavy rifle, and others had .465 H&H and .500 double rifles, and Lord Roxton had the .416 he used on the TV show.

I know firearms quite well, and always proofread material at least three times before publishing. So, I was horrified to read several years after I posted one story that Ned had a Griffen & Howe rifle, not a Griffin & Howe! No one caught the error, but I did and was frustrated and embarrassed. And by then, I could no longer edit that story

Errors occur to all of us. Some are caused by sloppy proofreading or research. Others by typesetters.

Last edited by Texas Star; 08-14-2019 at 10:01 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 08-14-2019, 10:13 PM
Peak53's Avatar
Peak53 Peak53 is online now
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Tincup, CO
Posts: 3,446
Likes: 5,846
Liked 6,712 Times in 2,106 Posts
Default

I admit to being a bit of a spelling and grammar snob, but am not a Nazi about it. I make a lot of mistakes myself. I usually know what the writer intended with the misuse of to and too, etc. What interests me more is how language is changing with the new technologies. Short cuts abound. For example, I see a lot of posts on this forum that begin with something like, "Went to the gun show on Saturday and saw ..." What happened to the personal pronoun? Is it even needed in this case? I find myself doing the same in texts and emails. We used to acknowledge the correct usage of the King's English as an unspoken class identifier, similar to knowing which fork to use at the table, to understand if the person should be in the conversation or at the table. Does the advent of "netspeak" change the rules? Did I make any errors (commas are my downfall) above?
__________________
Some collect art; I shoot it!
Reply With Quote
  #41  
Old 08-15-2019, 12:59 AM
Kiwi cop's Avatar
Kiwi cop Kiwi cop is offline
Member
Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc. Spelling & Grammatical Errors - Published Works, Books, Magazines, Etc.  
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Taranaki, New Zealand
Posts: 1,804
Likes: 3,883
Liked 5,186 Times in 1,182 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BarbC View Post
In the olden days when I was a legal secretary, we "proofed" property descriptions by reading them backwards with someone else. When you read forwards, your brain naturally fills in the gaps.
There is a reading test somewhere on the internet where almost every word is misspelt or doesn't make sense. You can read it because the human eye sees mainly the first and last letters and places the missing ones where they belong.

I have difficulty in proofreading on a computer screen. When I was writing magazine articles I would print them out and get my then wife to proof read them for me.\

A book I recently published looked "right" but it wasn't until I got some printed copies and had a chance to read one (several weeks later) that I found formatting and spelling mistakes. I was so embarrassed that some of these copies had been sold. (The e-version is even worse due to formatting issues).

Having said all that I still get frustrated at news articles with the wrong word, spelling mistakes and bad grammar. That is what copy editors are for.
__________________
View from down under
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
Reply

Tags
beretta, browning, detective, garand, glock, remington, winchester

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SOLD M&P 9C Barrel & Magazines (works in 40C) tectrry Accessories/Misc - For Sale or Trade 2 05-04-2015 01:53 PM
Do any of you have published E-books? Jswiney9 The Lounge 5 11-26-2013 10:53 PM
Any Skeeter Skelton books in works? C&R Bill The Lounge 1 03-07-2012 05:52 PM
any WW2 books from Japanese perspective, published in English? Thirties The Lounge 26 02-20-2012 09:45 PM
WWll PP & PPK magazines & books moosedog WANTED to Buy 0 06-12-2011 04:20 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:15 PM.


Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)