This is the first in a regular feature, in which I will be compiling various things of interest to proofreaders.
Proofreading in the News
It isn’t often the subject of proofreading is actually considered newsworthy. But for every long-awaited novel, there’s a professional proofreader toiling in the background. And could there be a novel more long-awaited than The Winds of Winter, the sixth book of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire sequence, more widely (and incorrectly) known as Game of Thrones?
The last book in the sequence was released in 2011. Rumor has it that volume six is currently in the hands of its proofreader. Now, I’ve worked on some high-pressure proofreading assignments but this takes the biscuit. I can’t even begin to imagine the pressure this proofreader is under!
Embarrassing Proofreading Errors
Fans of the Cleveland Browns sitting in the Dawg Pound section of the FirstEnergy Stadium could have benefitted from the assistance of a proofreader and a drone, as they unfurled their three-part banner during a their game against the New York Jets.
Instead of reading ‘This is the Dawg Pound’, it read ‘This is GPODAWUND’. The phrase was soon trending as a hashtag on Twitter.
The Proofreader's Vocabulary Boost
A proofreader’s vocabulary is one of their most valuable tools. So here are some words to give you the edge. And if they don’t come up in any documents you’re proofreading, they might help you win at Scrabble.
Galeanthropy: noun. A mental condition of thinking that one has become a cat, usually manifest in the adoption of feline mannerisms and habits.
Tabloidese: noun. The language and style of writing characteristic of sensationalist tabloid journalism; also called ‘tabloid-speak’.
Quadragesimarian: noun. One who observes Lent.
(All words courtesy of The Phrontistery website)
Proofreading isn’t all about publishing because…
… Citrin Cooperman, an accounting, tax, and consulting firm, are currently seeking a proofreader in their New York office.
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