Proofreading and Spring Cleaning

9 April, 2022

13/02/18

It’s been said that proofreading is akin to spring cleaning. You spring-clean your house and the place is spick and span, until your friends arrive and notice corners and crevices that have been missed.

Regardless of how well you write, many people regard proofreading as unimportant. It’s not always possible to spot mistakes in a document that you have been working on for a long time. In fairness, spotting mistakes in your own writing is not easy. Misspelt words, confused meanings in the text and inconsistencies are just some of the errors that can be rectified by a fresh pair of eyes. Spell-checkers are not really the answer as elementary errors can be missed, even when a document is read aloud.

Publication errors can change the meaning of what is implied in a sentence and can be embarrassing for the author and the reader alike.

Here are some errors that have appeared in journals and websites:

  • these tablets will relive your backache (Medical journal)
  • company headquartered are in the USA (UK website)
  • they waved their claim for a better deal (Finance journal)
  • some people continued to flaunt the law (US website)
  • Mrs Mason is a heroin, who deserves our gratitude (The Spectator)
  • singing this agreement will make the contact effective (Legal journal)

It is errors like these that professional editing and proofreading can address at fast turnaround times.

Proofreading and editing are the essentials that will set written and online material apart from all the rest.