Proofreading (7-27-14)

Many times I have had a space to fill in on a publication.  I always enjoyed finding something that would fit into that space that is comical.  The rest of the publication is serious and filled with important information so this is the opportunity for fun and laughter.  Have you ever read something serious, found an error in it, and all of the sudden the serious information made you laugh?  I have done it…we all have.  I have either found the error or been the author of some mistake.  If we can’t laugh at our mistakes, we are way too serious.  Here are some interesting typos or just odd wording that will bring a smile to your face and possibly a tear to your eye from laughing.

-For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery down stairs.
-The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.
-Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 to 8:30 pm.  Please use the back door.
-Ushers will eat latecomers.
-The Rev. Merriweather spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.
-During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when JF Stubbs supplied our pulpit.
-A song fest was hell at the Methodist church Wednesday.
-GOD IS GOOD-Dr. Hargreaves is better.
-Don’t let worry kill you off-let the church help.
-Pastor is on vacation.  Massages can be given to the church secretary.

With these funny little antidotes, I feel as though I should also give a couple of tips as to how to help avoid making these same kind of mistakes.  One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received is to read my work backwards.  Start of the end of the writing and read each word until you get to the front.  When you are reading anything as it is written, your mind will fill in the blanks and you will likely miss something.

Another piece of advice would be write whatever you are wanting to publish and then put it down for a time.  After 30 minutes or so, pick it back up and read it for clarity.  If at all possible, have a friend proofread your work.  With a fresh pair of eyes, mistakes or lack of information on a subject can be pointed out and clarified.

Although spell check and grammar check are great tools on our computer programs, we must not depend solely on those tools to catch everything.  I knew someone that would be proud of what she wrote because there were no spelling errors.  I would also have to remind that person that she also needed to use the grammar check as well.  “Witch way did the dog go?”  “Witch” is spelled correctly;  however, it is most definitely not the correct form of the word for this sentence.

We are all human and must remember that everyone makes mistakes.  You likely have found a mistake in this blog.  I have checked for errors, but have been known to miss them as well.

I sure hope you have found this to be helpful as well as entertaining.

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