Proofreading Honor Roll
Proofreading Honor Roll
Here are links to Web sites, books, and blogs that know the value of an error-free message! Enjoy laugh-out-loud moments while you read the clever comments about the errors these proofreaders found. All of these sites have developed ways to teach us grammar and punctuation with laughter. See, proofreading IS fun.
- The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar: An online journal in which members of The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar document their noble efforts . Martha Brockenbrough’s book, Things That Make Us [sic], and blog are highly recommended. I’m a card-carrying member of SPOGG! She’s also the founder of National Grammar Day, March 4.
- The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time by Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson
Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson have made a difference in the world; they traveled the United States in 2008 to correct typos on public signs. They documented their journey in this humorous book, The Great Typo Hunt. Deck created TEAL (Typo Eradication Advancement League). Keep up the great work!
- Urbandictionary.com defines Red Pen Syndrome. Do you have it?
- "The Impotence of Proofreading"
Daily Writing Tips is a great resource for learning about grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. Read the article; can you find all the mistakes?
- Grammar Police A.K.A. GrammarCops
Find out if you’re a GrammarGloat. Become a GrammarGroupie. Earn your Grammar Police Deputy Badge. Visit the GrammarCops’ Web site to satisfy your proofreading fix.
- Mighty Red Pen Blog
The author explores “issues of grammar and language.” Her tagline is clever: “you can try to take the red pen away from the girl, but you might end up with ink on your face.”
- After Deadline
Visit this blog to learn about grammar, usage, and style through correcting mistakes found in The Times. Check out its FAQs on Style
- Apostrophe Abuse
See how often apostrophes are misused. Plural vs. possessive? Contraction or not? The commentary for these mistakes is funny.
Bill Walsh is an author and the chief of the copy desk for the national desk of The Washington Post. This blog’s intended audience is copy editors, although all kinds of proofreaders will enjoy it.
- The Truth About Grammar: Fighting the War on Error
Jeff Puthuff and Daniel Stern post copy that's filled with errors; they are truly fighting the war on error.
- I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar: A Collection of Egregious Errors, Disconcerting Bloopers, and Other Linguistic Slip-ups by Sharon Eliza Nichols
The book is a collection of photos with typos; the chapters are categorized by the types of signs.
- The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
Children, too, can enjoy a story about the power of proofreading. The illustrations are exceptional, and the dialog is clever. The main character, Little Red Pen, has a lot of homework to grade; and she needs help. She asks the school supplies (or office supplies, depending on your age) to help her. Little Red Pen is afraid she won’t be able to correct all the papers by herself and asks, “Who will help me save the world?” The perfect mantra for Little Red Pen AND the founder of National Proofreading Day!
- Headlines (from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”: Headline Gallery Archive)
Not all submissions are typos; nevertheless, many of the entries are funny.
Proofreaders need to know grammar and punctuation rules, how to spell, and definitions. We love these resources: