I’m reading a fabulously entertaining book, “The Great Typo Hunt,” which I’ve been asked to review by its publisher. (More about the book and its authors in future posts. And full disclosure: I was given the book free, gratis, no charge in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.) So, anyhoo, I was struck by this statement from one of the book’s authors: It’s rude not to proofread.
It seemed particularly apt as I read an article on Yahoo! Shine about Michelle Obama, which included extensive quotes by the first lady. I was initially struck by some careless oversights, like the missing hyphens in pink-and-white and the capitalized the:
No biggie, I thought. But then a typo in a quotation from Mrs. Obama had me wondering how the writer managed to miss this:
I have no idea what this is supposed to be, but I’m pretty sure Mrs. Obama is being misquoted:
This is just sloppy: If you can remember to capitalize White House once, can’t you remember to do it twice?
No, I doesn’t happen overnight. I doesn’t happen at all. OK, so it’s just another typo, but in a quotation from Mrs. Obama? That’s just disrespectful to the first lady:
I’m pretty sure that Mrs. Obama said “raising two more” and that the writer made yet another typo:
Clueless. I’m totally clueless as to what this should be:
Maybe they’re just typos. Maybe the writer was in a hurry. Maybe. Maybe. But, it’s rude to your readers, it’s rude to the person you’re misquoting not to proofread.