Saturday, September 28, 2013

Proofreading is a dying art!

As Marcia wanders the streets of Cracow, Poland searching for the man she once intended to marry,
she's unaware that her every move is being watched. Is Lazarz still alive? And which side did he spy for?

Proofreading is a dying art!

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the Editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day ..

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
No , really? Ya think?! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Now that's taking things a bit far! _____________________________

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
Good-for-nothing lazy so-and-so's!

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!

War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!

Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!

And the winner is....

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?

So HOW do things like this get into print?  Easy.  The editor was so interested in the content of the story, they completely missed the obvious.

Trust me, I do enough editing to Know. The  better a book is, the more gripping a story, the less likely I am able to see the forest for the trees.


  1. that editing stuff is a byieatch! Every time I read something back it find another glitch. Those bits are hilarious, but easy to do if you're not trying to be funny.

  2. When I worked at the newspaper my favorite was one the editor put on my story about Norman Swartzkopf's visit to the celebrity hunt.

    General Swartzenegger bags his limit!