View Full Version : Proofreading - a dying art

Dani H
Jul 27th 2010, 04:04 PM
Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn't you say?

Newspaper headlines:

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and 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
Say it ain't so!

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!


Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!


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?


Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!


New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they large size enough?!


Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!

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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?


Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!


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?


Jul 27th 2010, 04:21 PM
I'll tell on myself--

Some years back I was the church secretary (pastors' secretary) and the senior pastor asked me to send out a letter to all the members. It was a letter from the Church Board to the membership. Okay, no problem. I typed it up, spell checked it, and asked the treasurer to proof it for me just to be sure. No problem seen. Then, I got a call from a Board member's wife wanting to know who the Church Broad was....well.....ummm....

Jul 27th 2010, 04:37 PM
The sad fact is since so many young people are 'texting' their messages today they deliberately say things like 'plz' get back 2 me and so on. But even sadder, they have taught grown-ups to do the same thing! Not only do they NOT proofread, but they are forgetting how to spell too.

But things like you showed in your examples really IRK me when I read things like that either in papers or the streaming news written at the bottom of CNN and other news stations! I'd give those people one more chance, and fire them if it happened again!

Jul 27th 2010, 04:40 PM
I serve in a Hispanic church... over this past 3+ years, I've read and heard some real translation doozies :rofl:

Jul 27th 2010, 05:09 PM
Profreadeng is diffuculd.

Jeanne D
Jul 27th 2010, 05:15 PM
LOL, very entertaining nonetheless.

Jeanne :lol:

Jul 27th 2010, 08:16 PM
LOL, very entertaining nonetheless.

Jeanne :lol:

I'm with Jeanne on this....... :rofl:

Love you all lots,
Mieke :kiss:

Jul 27th 2010, 08:21 PM
"Mission burns, neighbors saved."

(1987, actual headline)

Jul 27th 2010, 10:54 PM
That was so funny..I just laughed and laughed...

though I do have to say I feel sorry for the drop out high school students...:cool::lol:

Jul 29th 2010, 02:59 AM
That was wonderfully hilarious :)