Proofreading is a Dying Art

Not sure what proofreaders actually do? Join the club!

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

This one was caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and the Editorial Room was called to asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible! They put in a correction the next day.

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

No, really? Ya think?


Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Now that’s taking things a bit far!


Miners Refuse to Work after Death

No-good-for-nothin’ lazy so-and-sos!


Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

See if that works any better than a fair trial!


War Dims Hope for Peace

I can see where it might have that effect!


If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile

Ya think?!


Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

Who would have thought!


Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

They may be on to something!


Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape?


New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group

Weren’t they fat enough?!


Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

That’s what he gets for eating those beans!


Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Do they taste like chicken?


Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

Boy, are they tall!


And the winner is . . .

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Did I read that right?

Yes, I admit it: I borrowed this from an email I received from a friend. What does this have to do with homeschooling? Well, nothing directly, except to reiterate the fact that teaching your children how to edit their own essays and stories effectively is an important skill. As you may or may not know, my other job is being a copyeditor. 🙂

Q4U: What’s the funniest typo you’ve ever seen?

4 thoughts on “Proofreading is a Dying Art”

  1. My daughter and I were just talking about this after she had read a couple of emails from respected adults that were full of grammatical errors and misspelled words. It's shameful.Some of the funniest stuff we see has to do with horses: sale ads, boarding, breeding, training, etc. People often want to sale their mare that's been bread to a stalyon that was out of another grate stalyon and has been trained to do raining. Check Craig's list for horse related ads and you will be twitching your red pen in agony before reading more than a few.


  2. Unfortunately, it's really hard to proofread your own stuff because you know what it's supposed to say. So, I've had a few rather funny typos on my blog. Things like \”bother-in-law\” and \”pubic schools\”… [cough] yeah. ~Luke


  3. I can't talk because I am very bad at proofreading (you might notice that on my posts),and it took me a while to get some of these, but my husband who is a very precise person really liked this.


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