Friday, June 27, 2008

Typos

What does a typo gremlin look like? Obviously, it has the power of invisibility, because your eye passes right over it.

16 comments :

Christine said...

Need a proofreader??! *wink*

azteclady said...

I hatessess typoessssss


Someone said proofreader????


*waving arms overhead* me, me, pick me!!!



*ahem*

Christine said...

*hip checks azteclady*

I was here first! ;)

azteclady said...

*pout*

Christine said...

*whispers*
It's okay... I'll let you proofread my proofreads.
Shhhh! ;)

azteclady said...

*huge smile* *whispers* thank you

Christine said...

*whispers*
You're welcome. :D

little alys said...

You two are silly :D
In a good way, of course. ^_^

Bridget Locke said...

Nalini-I think I talked someone into buying Slave to Sensation! I was at B & N earlier tonight browsing and this younger chick was walking up and down the aisle looking a bit lost. We got to talking, turns out she loves paranormals, but hasn't read a lot. I ended up giving her about 8 books that I told her she couldn't live without. StS being #1 on that list! :) I'm so bad. he-he

Bridget Locke said...

Oh and I'd totally proofread. :) I've been doing that a lot lately, but it's been at work, so it's not fun. *sigh*

Sissi said...

Typoes are great!
When I found typoes in my text I know I was so in the story that I haven't control about grammar or orthography. That means this part of the story will be great *nod*
And it means that someone must take a look over it... Too bad that I'm not good as profreader *sigh*

Maddy said...

I feel for you. I recently wrote several articles for an informational CD Medicare put out and even tho it was proofed by FIVE different people we all missed the fact that I used the wrong acronym for End Stage Renal Disease. It should have been ESRD and instead I wrote ERSD. So at best there are now a bunch of confused providers and at worst there are a bunch of providers laughing at us. Sigh.

orannia said...

Typos are innocous...and yet not :) I can also tell when a story grips me as I don't notice the typos or poor sentence construction. I read a book recently actually (I won't say which one but it was chick lit) and I felt like screaming at the book because there were words MISSING! Not just typos but whole words that had obviously been eaten by the Word Cookie Monster!

I will say, authors, editors, copyeditors are all human, so the odd one is OK...it is when there are heaps, or the author hasn't used a thesaurus (see above book) that I get frustrated, because I can't get to the story as I'm so distracted by the typos.

If you've picked one up Nalini, that is all good. And while I'd offer to be your proofreader (you seem to have plenty of volunteers and I'm no queue-jumper :) I'd probably get so caught up in the story I'd forget to proofread! Not so much a problem with what I'm currently proofreading (which is medical text :)

orannia

Nalini Singh said...

All these offers of proofreading - you guys are so generous *g*

Maddy - I feel for you. Sometimes, they just slip by.

azteclady said...

We just want to help you, Nalini.

Absolutely no ulterior motives whatsoever.

Jennifer A. Ray said...

When it is my own typo, my mind knows what I meant to say, and I tend to see the words the way I meant to type them.

When the typo is someone else's, I see it immediately.

I have found that if I wait a day or so to proof my own words, I can see my mistakes clearer than if I read it immediately after writing it.