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    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.

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    Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
    Say it ain't so!
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    Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
    Now that's taking things a bit far!

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    Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
    What a guy!
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    Miners Refuse to Work after Death
    No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!

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    Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
    See if that works any better than a fair trial!

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    War Dims Hope for Peace
    I can see where it might have that effect!

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    If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
    Ya think?!

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    Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
    Who would have thought!

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    Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
    They may be on to something!

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    Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
    You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?

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

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

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    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?

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

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    Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
    Boy, are they tall!

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    And the winner is....

    Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

    Did I read that right?


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    Re: Proofreading - a dying art

    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....
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      Re: Proofreading - a dying art

      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!
      My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16

      "Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)

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      • #4
        Re: Proofreading - a dying art

        I serve in a Hispanic church... over this past 3+ years, I've read and heard some real translation doozies
        Slug1--out

        ~"In the turmoil of any chaos, all it takes is that whisper that is heard like thunder over all the noise and the chaos seems to go away, focus returns and we are comforted in knowing that God has listened to our cry for help."~

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        • #5
          Re: Proofreading - a dying art

          Profreadeng is diffuculd.

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          • #6
            Re: Proofreading - a dying art

            LOL, very entertaining nonetheless.

            Jeanne
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            • #7
              Re: Proofreading - a dying art

              Originally posted by Jeanne D View Post
              LOL, very entertaining nonetheless.

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

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              • #8
                Re: Proofreading - a dying art

                "Mission burns, neighbors saved."

                (1987, actual headline)

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                • #9
                  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...
                  "People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; We drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; We drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated?" - D A Carson

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                  • #10
                    Re: Proofreading - a dying art

                    That was wonderfully hilarious
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