Sunday, July 17, 2011

29 days of giving ... day 26, the gift of proofreading

Back in Vaudeville, there was once a woman who typed, perfectly mind you, a one page document at over 80 wpm. 

Manual typewriters weren't forgiving.  To get even keystrokes was the sign of a good typist.  And to get a flawless page of type was pretty close to impossible and something that was valued.

Today, we don't necessarily think that the speed is that big a deal, but we have BACKSPACE and DELETE which can be utilized before someone realizes we have made booboos on whatever document we are working on.

We also have CUT and PASTE which look like good things until they are taken from one document and then used incorrectly in the next.

I had the privilege of proofreading a document for a friend today ... she relied on spell check and the Word grammar checker to ensure the quality of her work.

Spell check isn't content check. 

Nor is cut and paste always a good thing.

So I shared the advice of my sage old granny: 
Sit in an uncomfortable chair. 
Don't try to do two things at once. 
Take your time to do it right so you don't have to do it over.

Maybe the old manual typewriters weren't such a bad thing after all.

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