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For a chuckle, check this out:


Although you might not get the jokes if you're not baron_elric, editrx, cakmpls, experimeditor, or msmemory (apologies if I missed anyone else who should get the jokes).

Also, I just found out about this book:


When the subject of my freelance work comes up, I often hear, "Oh, I love/my daughter loves/my boyfriend loves to read, how could I/she/he get into that?" If their eyes haven't glazed over after I've gone into detail about how proofreading/copyediting is 'just' reading, I usually suggest Peggy Smith's Mark My Words, Mary Stoughton's Substance and Style, and the Chicago Manual of Style. I've ordered a copy of the Dummies book for myself and may be adding it to my arsenal of suggested books for proofreader/copyeditor hopefuls.


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Nov. 6th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
I don't get the joke. It asks, "Is the difference intentional?" but refers to a term that is the same in both head an text: "art directors." The term that's different, lightbulb/light bulb, isn't mentioned.

Oh, well, it has been asserted that I have no sense of humor.
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to write/call you about some proofreading upcoming. Will you do me the favor of writing to me and reminding me I need to talk to you? I swear it's the new meds -- my brain keeps taking vacations.

It's a cool project, and kinda long-term (almost a year of work! woot!!).
Nov. 7th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I work for a printing company and do quite a bit of proof reading during my job. I find it enjoyable but very different than reading. Although, after I started this work (9 years ago) I started seeing mistakes everywhere. Books, newspapers, product labels, etc.

Some funny ones from work:
In 2001 we printed 3 million labels accidentally as "Bridget Jones's Dairy"
(I wasn't the proof reader for that, but I did notice it when Disney made a repeat order... I wonder how many consumers noticed their DVD title?)

Last year, Mary Kay actually noticed when their product referred to their website as www.marylay.com
Do you think they noticed just because it's their name, or do they have better proofers than Walt Disney?
Nov. 7th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
If I went a little crazy, I'd take a can of red spray paint and fix all the bad grammar I see on street signs and such. I wish I'd seen a copy of Bridget Jones's Dairy, I would've snatched that right up!
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