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Thread: Doesn't anyone use proofreaders anymore?

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    Doesn't anyone use proofreaders anymore?

    Headline on Yahoo home page

    "Trump sews new conflict."

    Who knew, he is one of us. I think they meant "sows" however. They should be embarrassed.

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    ​the old auto correct strikes again and no one bothered to re-read it before printing.

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    yep, you gotta love idiots! sorry, Yes, you have to love idiots!

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    ptquilts, every time I read the newspaper I feel like taking a red felt pen and circling all the grammar errors and typos.... nice to know I'm not the only one. and I figured out how to shut off the auto correct on my ipad, it was just too annoying. Sometimes when I type I make a mistake and I'm okay with that; but for the machine to be telling me what I must be trying to say was a little too much.

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    Funny, I doubt if he even know how to thread a sewing machine.
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    I ordered business cards. My last name only has 4 letters. I sent the cards back twice; I proofread twice. I know how to spell my last name. They got upset because I wouldn't accept an "s" at the end of my name. Went to another place and got a better deal and no hassle.
    I too half to laugh when the local newspaper holds spelling bees and send the kids to nationals. I sent a letter to the paper and told them they really needed to have these kids proofread the newspaper. Obviously, their employees never were in a spelling bee or even had an inclination what it was. the least they could do was use autocorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    I ordered business cards. My last name only has 4 letters. I sent the cards back twice; I proofread twice. I know how to spell my last name. They got upset because I wouldn't accept an "s" at the end of my name. Went to another place and got a better deal and no hassle.
    I too half to laugh when the local newspaper holds spelling bees and send the kids to nationals. I sent a letter to the paper and told them they really needed to have these kids proofread the newspaper. Obviously, their employees never were in a spelling bee or even had an inclination what it was. the least they could do was use autocorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    Funny, I doubt if he even know how to thread a sewing machine.
    Sure he does...he just yells at it and the machine threads itself.

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    I prefer typos to bad formatting. I doubt no one under 30 knows how to indent or why or when.
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    One of the grammatical errors that drives me crazy is the misuse of "brought". Ex: I brought my sewing machine to the shop. It should be "I took my machine to the shop." I, too, spot all the errors in the paper; even the large type headlines are not exempt. I did teach language arts for a hundred years and do know the rules!!!

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    I think they rely too much on spell checkers without taking into account that correct spelling does not always equal correct grammar or lexical choice. I've seen a few good ones as well. Although sometimes it can be because the data import person has misheard the boss's dictation. One which I saw in a high - end catalogue was the phrase, "cups and sauces".

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    What really gets me and my Daughter is misspelled words on outdoor signs. They really stand out.
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    The typos in our paper drive me crazy as an English teacher for more years than I care to remember. Part of the problem is that the writers depend on auto -correct rather than looking up words. Homonyms seem to give writers the worst time, and it is in AP articles as well as in our local papers. Perhaps they need to read more!

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    Another pet peeve of mine is the misuse of certain phrases: case in point: If I would have known, etc., rather than had I known. Oh, well, I guess it's a losing battle.

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    Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    Headline on Yahoo home page

    "Trump sews new conflict."

    Who knew, he is one of us. I think they meant "sows" however. They should be embarrassed.
    I am so happy to see that I am not the only one bothered by incorrect spelling or misuse of words. My pet peeve is "your" in place of "you're" or the bothersome "they're, their, there". Don't they teach this in school anymore? Our newspaper is notorious for using incorrect grammar and incorrect spelling. My husband says he is going to apply for a job as proofreader for our local paper. They could not afford him, I'm sure! ;-))

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    My pet peeve is the use of the apostrophe. "It's" means "it is". It doesn't mean anything else. There is no apostrophe in "its" when used in the possessive case.

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    I'm really tired of the overuse of the words: literally,virtually and sense. The other one is the mispronunciation of the planet Uranus.

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    Misuse of pronouns drives me crazy. Example: The gift was for Joe and I. The simple test is to take out the other person. You wouldn't say the gift was for I.

    Another pet peeve is the use of an apostrophe for a plural. Banana's = something belongs to the banana. Bananas = more than one banana.
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    Oh, me, too, quiltsRfun! I forgot about that one.

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    Love this thread! But are we preaching to the choir? The one we see here is boarder for border. One person posted that she should get all those boarders to help her with her borders. Did she get it? Doubt it.
    I don't think the teachers even know this stuff anymore.
    My pet peeve is the I or me thing. quiltsRfun has the right explanation. It is used incorrectly by a lot of paper editors.
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    I grew up when spelling was taught in school as well as grammar, word tense, diction, penmanship, etc. Whatever happened to it? Spelling and grammar mistakes in newspapers, magazines as well as books or other printed media just blow me away. In this day and age of computers, finding the correct spelling or word usage is extremely easy to find!

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    I worry that with all of the focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects that liberal arts will be ignored and forgotten. I was an English major in college, and managed to support myself and my family with no trouble. I worry that that may not be possible for today's kids. I think that we will all lead poorer lives if only people with STEM backgrounds can hold well paying jobs.

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    I agree with all the examples given. Shall we add "who" and "whom" to our list?

    Many ebooks seem to be full of poor grammar and spelling. They drive me crazy when I am reading the story.

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    I read a blog each evening and it is so full of errors I want to email her and tell her to proofread. But she is so sweet, I can't bear to do it. One word that bothers me is the use of the word "lots". My English teacher told us that it meant a plot of land.

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    I also tend to be grammar police. I spot all the errors, both spelling and grammatical, here on the board. I decided to ignore them since not everyone had teachers as critical as mine. When I was working as a secretary for the government my wages were half as much as my counterparts were paid in D.C. It really irritated me to read letters from congressmen that were full of errors, sometimes to the point that they made no sense. I thought those secretaries and typists were paid way too much to send out letters that made their bosses look so stupid. As I got older I realized that neither intelligence nor education were prerequisites for being voted into office!
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