The Power of Proofreading

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The Power of Proofreading

So this Post Gazette article was circulating around the social media stratospheres this morning…

Sign with misspelling on Parkway West will be replaced, PennDOT says

sign with misspelling parkway west pittsburgh

Photo by Andrew Goldstein, Post Gazette

It’s funny, because I was JUST thinking about this today. I had an old friend on LinkedIn kindly point out a grammatical error on my website this morning, and I’m guessing it’s been there for well over a year. Whoops!

The thing is, I think I’m pretty good at catching those little mistakes – misspellings, grammatical errors, etc. However, when you’re the one working on a project,  you’re usually too close to see the error. Maybe you decided to change the phrasing mid-thought, but forgot to fix the beginning to match the end (hence this morning’s blunder). Maybe you’re just typing too fast – whatever the case may be, the point is…

ALWAYS have SOMEONE else check your work. A co-worker, friend, spouse… anyone really. I’ve even had my kiddo take a look at things for me. In my defense, he also caught a typo in a National Geographic book and a pamphlet at the pediatrician’s office, but I digress. The point is, you’re less apt to catch your own mistakes. And you’re more apt to catch the mistakes of others.