Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It's National Proofreading Day

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This day may not be important to some, but I think it's one of substance.  We're not all professional poets or writers, but there's little worse than seeing someone write a post, essay, letter, or document without giving it a second thought.  For goodness gracious, people, at least attempt to spell words correctly or use proper grammar.  I'm not being judgmental but don't dumb yourself down by throwing out words without proofreading them.  Take some time to go over what you've taken the time to write.

I suppose it's because I'm more old-school.  It was pounded in my head to create two spaces between sentences.  I was taught to have an average knowledge of proper verbiage and to use capitalization at the beginning of a sentence.

I know we live in a day and age where slang is common (guilty!) and it doesn't matter which context we use "there" and "their" or "its" and "it's".  It's a more relaxed society.  And, that's okay in a text or letter between friends.  But, if you want to give a knowledgeable impression to a company or publication, it wouldn't hurt to proofread your paper.

Now you know...and knowing is half the battle!

What's your opinion on the importance, or lack thereof, of proofreading?

4 comments:

Peggy said...

I think it is very important. I think proper English is important. We may be a slack society but we do deal with the rest of the world and they are not so slack. We may have strength but we do look dumb to other nations when our younger generations talk.

Stang&Co said...

NOTHING is worse than when people misuse 'their' and there' and 'its' or 'it's'. It drives me insane!

Renee said...

My fifth grade daughter doesn't proofread ANYTHING EVER and it drives me insane when she brings me her essays and math homework to correct. Then I drive her crazy making her re-read and rewrite stuff five times before it is ready to be turned in :)

Theresa Mahoney said...

Even though I try to proofread everything I write, I still make errors. It's only human to mess up every now and again.