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Church-bulletin blunders

Some funny double meanings written in church bulletins:

  • Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
  • Don’t let worry kill you off — let the Church help.
  • Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
  • Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the Church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
  • The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ in the Church basement on Friday at 7:00 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Thanks to Tim North from Scribe Consulting for these.

Exterminating Errors

Nothing says “I’m careless” more than errors in your document. But no matter how hard you stare at the page, sometimes you just can’t spot you’re mistakes (see?). So how to find them?

These proven proofreading tips will save your skin:

  1. Fresh eyes: The Golden Rule is to put your writing aside and look at it with fresh eyes later – preferably after a sleep, during which your brain “resets” itself.
  2. Buddy up: The freshest eyes of all are someone else’s! Why not become someone’s “copy buddy,” and shoot important copy (writing) to each other to check?
  3. Several passes: Go through your document several times looking for one thing at a time. E.g. in one pass, just check content; then in another, check for typos; then in another, check your grammar, and so on.
  4. Read aloud: Reading your copy aloud helps stop your brain skipping over mistakes.
  5. Print it: Reading on screen is slower and harder. You’ll find more errors on a printout (use recycled paper).
  6. Change font: Surprisingly, temporarily changing your font can help you see errors.

Classic blunders

  • Report cover for UK’s “Public Guardian”: “The Pubic Guardian”
  • Newspaper headline: “Iraqi Head Seeks Arms”
  • Sign in foreign hotel: “The manager has personally passed all the water served here”
  • In a resume: “I have good attention too detail …”

What are your tried and true proofreading methods? Found any clangers lately? Let us know!