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Proofreading - Ethics & Etiquette

Posted on December 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Being a proofreader is very rewarding but having a trained eye is not without its problems believe me. It’s extremely difficult to switch off from the job & not everyone welcomes you pointing out their boo-boos especially when you haven’t been asked to!

This is the issue I struggle with most.

Should I mention they have a whopping great misspelling amongst their literature? It’s what I do after all. If I was leaving a public loo with my skirt tucked in my knickers surely I would want a kind soul to bring it to my attention?!

Indeed, but we are trained to leave well alone unless specifically hired (or at least I was) with the cautionary note that you will not be thanked for your intervention & may come across as a sanctimonious, self-righteous stalwart.

The thing is, if a being is a poor speller who has never been righted, how will he or she ever know it is happening? Shame because bad writing can cost your business leaving your reputation looking shabby, unprofessional & encouraging potential clients to go elsewhere.

We live & learn.

My preference these days is to place one hand firmly over the mouth & clench teeth biting down like you’ve never bitten before. Ideally this will be carried out away from the client committing crimes against grammar & followed by a count to ten.

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