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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Proofreading 101

Proofreading 101

Editing and proofreading isn’t always just about finding spelling errors in books and articles.  You have to check grammar, verb agreement, and verb tense consistency.  A document needs to stay true to the purpose behind writing it in the first place.  (This is why some people make a living doing it.  It’s harder than it sounds.)  Almost anything you could think of that has words should probably be proofread.  Fortunately for us, not everything is. 

Here’s something people don’t always think to review: Uniform Resource Locators.  (Uniform whaty-whats?)  URLs.  Website addresses.  (Like http://dryhumordaily.blogspot.com/).  We can even screw up something as simple as that.  Here, I’ve rounded up a few humorous examples of URL oversight.  All of these still work, by the way.  And they’re safe.

#1 www. whorepresents.com
-This is for that special someone on your Christmas list

#2 www.penisland.net  
-Probably not a good spot for a first date

#3 www.experts-exchange.com  (formerly www.expertsexchange.com)
-You don’t want just any guys off the street

#4 www.therapistfinder.com 
-Kind of like speed dating, except it’s a felony

#5 www.speedofart.com  
-It happens to the best of us

So if you’re thinking about writing something, have someone look it over.  (Especially URLs, which tend to mash words together.) A second set of eyes is always a good thing because what may sound good in your head may not come across the same to the rest of the world. 

7 comments:

Boxxy said...

Kinda of like how the university of north texas radio station call letters used to be KUNT...

Cole Garrett said...

They get a partial pardon, because maybe they couldn't afford to hire a proofreader. :-P

Jess said...

Excellent post.

Kate said...

Your mother's a whore, Trebek. I'll take the Penis Mightier for 500.

http://arguingwithadoughnut.blogspot.com/

Gina said...

Oh my gosh... first of all, I thought the exact same thing that Kate wrote. So that's been done, already.

But, seriously?! Do people not read before they publish? Or are they so excited that their web address is available that they don't stop to wonder WHY it's available?!?! It's called a dash, people, use it!

blondie said...

OMG, Cole! That's too funny!

Elle said...

hahahahha llooooovvvee this!!!

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