Proofreading Blunders

In my earlier post Proofreading – 3 Simple Steps to Perfection, I highlghted the importance of proofreading your work before publication.

Sloppy grammar, spelling and general lack of thought will turn your readers off faster than a blind date with The Hulk. But sometimes, mistakes slip through the net – yes, even I have been known to make the odd slip up in my blogs.

For your amusement, below are some howling bloopers of the worst kind – newspaper headlines. Obviously proofreading wasn’t high on their priorities!

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7 comments ↓

#1 ballywick on 02.25.09 at 9:20 am

Here’s one I found the other day. Not as funny as the above but contains 2 (count ‘em!) typos in 2 sentences. From the Telegraph no less. *sigh*

http://www.ballywick.com/blog/misc-writing/oops/

#2 admin on 02.25.09 at 10:19 am

Thanks for sharing that – just goes to show it can happen to anyone! :-)

#3 Why Proofreading Can Be Difficult | Freelance Copywriters Blog on 03.23.09 at 10:01 am

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#4 Jaimie Dobson on 08.29.10 at 11:12 am

A very timely post Sally – particularly for our local council in Huddersfield (Kirklees Council) http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2010/08/24/kirklees-council-cycling-map-riddled-with-errors-86081-27122701/

#5 admin on 08.29.10 at 11:14 am

Thanks Jaimie, I think that illustrates the point perfectly :-)

#6 Oliver Radini on 11.07.11 at 12:54 pm

Very funny article, thanks.

#7 admin on 11.07.11 at 1:33 pm

My pleasure :-)

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