Proofread vs proof-read

Someone mentioned to me recently that I obviously don’t know how to  ‘proofread’ my website because I had the word, proofread, spelled ‘proof-read.’  Silly me to try to make a point that proofing a manuscript is more than spell-checking it; it requires READING it. 

Spell checkers are a marvelous invention, but they will not catch mistakes where the wrong spelling of a word is used.  When proofreading, your eye must look for the instances like lying prostate during a prostrate exam. HUH? *grin*  Reading the work aloud helps.  Reading it backwards helps. 

“Did John get too work today.” He asked? <——–Spell checks didn’t catch this. “Did John get to work today?” he asked.

“I here the winds hear were terrible.  Its sad that the tornado came.  It’s path was devastating. It is to bad you’re house was in it’s path. You’re insurance should cover it. Your meeting with the adjuster today, right?”  <——-or these.  “I hear the winds here were terrible.  It’s sad that the tornado came.  Its path was devastating. It is too bad your house was in its path. Your insurance should cover it.  You’re meeting with the adjuster today, right?”

No one is perfect. And these are little things.  But they grow exponentially  when they are in your book or paper.  Simple fix.  ProofREAD! *smile*

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