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  • http://www.thestudiosource.com Stacey Cornelius

    I hear you, Marc. Typos jump out at me, too. Except in my own writing. But, as you say, that’s a hazard. A proofreader is invaluable, particularly when you have a fast turnaround and don’t have the luxury of letting a piece sit for a few days so you can look at it yourself with fresh eyes.

    When I find one of my own typos, I cringe. Usually it’s weeks later. Sometimes someone will spot an error and let me know right away, and I’m always grateful for that.

    I keep telling people details matter. Often that advice falls on deaf ears, so thanks for this.

    (Um.. did I make any typos?)

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  • http://thelibzter.com Libby Fisher

    Hi Marc,

    You make an excellent point with this post! Typos bother me too, although I don’t always bring it to the writer’s attention.

    The biggest typing mistakes I make are from typing so fast that I skip entire words! :) I’ve learned to proofread my emails before firing them off, because you’re right – it is definitely worth taking the time to do it for the sake of professionalism.

  • http://anonsphere.com/ Oliver

    For me as a german it’s very hard to write in english. I think the main problem for me is that I’m often unsure, if a native speaker would write it as I do. In combination with my nature of being very perfectionist, it always takes me a lot of time to write english content. Another problem is, that german language is often very complicated (e. g. hard grammatic – lot of commas) – english is much simpler, so I often have the tendency to overcomplicate things in my english texts. :-(

    (Hope, you understood me)

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  • Anonymous

    I spend whole words! :) I have learned to correct my e-mails before burning because you’re right – it’s definitely worth taking the time to do so for reasons of professionalism.

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  • Me

    Nice article. I maintain our school district’s website and 1 of the big challenges I fight is having quality, accurate write ups. I tell everyone to proof their work because the district, campus, teachers, coaches, etc would look bad if they didn’t.

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  • Anonymous

    Ich spreche kleine Deutsch.
    Most people try to over complicate things when working with a second language. It’s natural. We want to make sure that we get our point across. It can also be frustrating when we spend so much time trying to get that point across and find out that we haven’t done it.

  • Anonymous

    I do the same Libby, and even though I know I can type w/o looking at the keyboard, I still tend to, and I think that contributes to my missing typos from time to time.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Stacey,

    It’s so difficult to pick typos out of your own work, and I like your perspective when it comes to a second set of eyes being even more crucial when dealing with a fast turn around. I think that’s when most people would let it slide, and I agree with you, that’s when a mistake is most likely to happen.

    Also, as far as I could tell, you had no typos!

  • Nrutter2000

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but:
    “This is why it important to read your things more than once.”

    See the problem…
    Other than that, great article.
    (That’ll be fifty pounds please ;)

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha, well spotted! I read the article a few times, on a few different occasions and missed it. Thanks for pointing it out. I was surprised when I couldn’t find a typo since they tend to crop up in almost everything.

    Corrected, and cheque’s in the mail!

  • Mousepeepers32

    This Article is very correct. It hit a lot of very good points.

  • Anonymous

    No harm no foul, no-one is perfect. I know this topic has opened up a lot of people’s eyes on this subject.
    thanks!

  • Anonymous

    No harm no foul, no-one is perfect. I know this topic has opened up a lot of people’s eyes on this subject.
    thanks!

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