It can be hard work persuading people of the importance of having their work checked before it goes to print, or online. It’s a popular notion that proofreading is all about spelling. Of course, spelling is very important, but so is the way in which you construct a sentence. Punctuation is absolutely key, otherwise your meaning can be lost.

Page numbers on your table of contents might not match up to chapter titles, the figures on your pie chart are in the wrong segments, footnote citations end up on the wrong page, weblinks don’t link, running heads are not in the right place, there are clumsy line, paragraph and column breaks (not to mention those pesky widows and orphans), hyphens where there should be dashes, sneaky extra word spaces, columns not aligned vertically, glitches in the leading, captions matched incorrectly to images, rogue apostrophes, poor hyphenation, inconsistent capitalisation – the list is long!

Having your work proofread always pays dividends. Mistakes give the impression of carelessness, which undermines your credibility.

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Free range children

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I was fascinated to see this sign in a rural part of Co. Cavan in Ireland. What kind of children were these? Were they feral perhaps? I’ve since discovered that it’s not uncommon to come across a sign like this in an area where children might be playing ‘and running loose’. We associate the term […]
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Interrobang

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On an episode of Christmas University Challenge 2018, a few questions came up on the subject of punctuation. Naturally, my ears pricked up. What is an ‘interrobang’? I’d never heard of this before. An online investigation led to an explanation in The Economist (2014) which said it refers to the use of a question mark […]
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Have you eaten Grandma

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‘Have You Eaten Grandma? Or, the Life-Saving Importance of Correct Punctuation, Grammar and Good English’ received a good review from Steven Poole in the Guardian (October 2018). It is written by Gyles Brandreth, former Conservative MP, who is probably best known for his penchant for colourful knitwear. As well as being useful, it sounds like […]
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