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5 Responses to Proofreading

  1. Ellen says:

    This is so funny! I actually can hear myself, saying that 🙂

  2. Laura says:

    This is me. Except for the q-tip hair, of course. But I go a little nuts when I find grammar mistakes. Especially if they’re in the newspaper, or on a “professional” website – like an online newspaper or a professional blog or something. Places where people are *paid* to know the difference between ‘there’ and ‘their’.

  3. SKL says:

    I always notice this too, and feel like grinding my teeth, but I usually don’t say anything anymore, because I have found too many typos in my own writing (mainly casual internet stuff). I don’t proofread like I used to. So I just assume that the other people making the mistakes are the same as me – distracted – except for the ones who do it all the time. Or when it’s on a resume or cover letter or the like (yes, I’ve seen this happen).

    My parents’ town paper is always good for this kind of laugh. I remember the day someone reportedly had “congenial heart failure” and a few other unintentionally funny headlines.

  4. Phyllis says:

    These mistakes make you wonder how most people got out of 5th grade! The really scary thing is that these mistakes are gettting more and more common even by “professional” people. Something else that sets me on edge??? “These ones” and “those ones”. I correct my 21 and 16 yr old grandkids about these phrases all the time. But I finally realized why! I was checking out a 4th grade teacher one day and she put a few things aside and asked the bagger to “please put theses ones in a separate bag”. Seriously… a 4th grade teacher???? I kid you not!! 😦

    • Laura says:

      The one that sets my teeth on edge is, “could of” or “should of”. It’s “could/should HAVE” – abbreviated as “could/should’ve”.

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