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Chapter 1. Proofreading for Error-Free Copy > Incorporating Proofreaders’ Marks

Incorporating Proofreaders’ Marks

Think of proofreaders’ marks as shorthand symbols that are universally recognized. These marks substitute for many words and quickly and clearly identify the corrections that need to be made in copy. They serve as an important communication link between you and anyone else reviewing the copy. It’s important that everyone in your office uses the same marks to avoid confusion. To make sure everyone is speaking the same language, make a copy of the list on the next page and distribute it to your proofreading partners.

Ode to the Typographical Error

Paris in the the Spring

The typographical error is a slippery thing and sly;

You can hunt ‘til you are dizzy, but it somehow will get by.

‘Til the forms are on the press, it is strange how still it keeps.

It shrinks down in a corner, and it never stirs or peeps.

That typographical error, too small for human eyes—

‘Til the ink is on the paper, then it grows to mountain size.

The boss, she stares with horror, then she grabs her hair and groans;

The copyreader drops his head upon his hands and moans.

The remainder of the issue may be clean as clean can be,

But the typographical error is the only thing you see.

—Anonymous



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