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Subject:Re: Editing, Smediting From:"Robin M. Allen" <robin -dot- m -dot- allen -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET> Date:Thu, 17 Apr 1997 14:06:49 -0500
Michael Hassett wrote:
> A trick my dad taught me when I was 12 and he was working as a
> proofreader for a publishing company--
> If you really want to catch surface problems (punctuation, spelling,
> citation style, etc.) read the document backwards. Start with the
> last sentence, then move to the next to the last sentence, then to
> the third-to-last sentence, and so on. (For spelling, sometimes it is
> useful to read one word at a time, starting with the last word of the
I have used this proofing skill for years and it works amazingly well.
It is tedious, but well worth it.
robin -dot- m -dot- allen -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net