National Proofreading Day is March 8!

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National Proofreading Day is March 8!

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as National Proofreading proofreading ydaDay and it was started by Judy Beaver to honor her mother.

And while it may seem a bit odd that I highlight this day since I have been known to have my share of OOPS moments, proofreading your work is still important.

We all have those moments when a word is misspelled or omitted. We’ve used their when we meant to use they’re.

Our very kind friends will shoot us a text or email us to make us aware of these (never very nice to mention this in the comment section.)

But on occasion, I run across a post with so many misspelled words that they turn into a distraction.

If you try to dictate your posts via Siri or some other program, you truly do need to proofread your work.

 

Tools to help…

Marte Cliff - We have our own professional right here in ActiveRain. Thankfully, she shares posts with us to help us with common grammar errors.

Grammarly- you can add it to your toolbar or copy and paste your work into the Grammarly Editor. It corrects your spelling and common grammar mistakes.

Grammar Girl

Grammar Check

 

Why is it important?

While I doubt you would lose a friend over a misspelled or misused word, you are leaving the reader with a certain impression.

Perhaps you don’t care.

Perhaps you don’t know.

Perhaps this is the quality of work someone could come to expect of you.

Do you have a particular pet peeve you see when it comes to a lack of proofreading?

 

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Every day is proofreading day for me. It's like a paranoia. LOL

Mar 08, 2018 08:09 AM #12
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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My question is what was the person smoking when they decided to come up with national proofreading day? Probably was from Colorado.

Mar 08, 2018 10:31 AM #13
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
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I had no idea that there was a day designated to proof reading Kathy, thanks for sharing.

Mar 08, 2018 10:40 AM #14
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kathy,

We love proofreaders.  We just finished a website for one of our clients, and we were so happy that 6 different people had their eyes on it.  Although we are good at spelling, we hire a proofreader for major sites and lots of text...it is so worth it. A

Mar 08, 2018 12:26 PM #15
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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What a great idea it is to observe National Proofreading Day, Kathy.  We are judged by the content of our posts, and in our realm of blogging, proofreading is important.

Mar 08, 2018 12:33 PM #16
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Chris Ann Cleland
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My bugaboo is seeing "for free."  Nothing is FOR free.  It is just FREE.  That's poor grammar.

Mar 08, 2018 01:42 PM #17
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Kathy Streib
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Wayne Martin I have many of Marte Cliff s posts bookmarked!!!!

Nor is it mine Donald Urschalitz 

Dorie Dillard Marte knows I still have trouble with a few words that tend to stump me. Thank goodness for her posts. 

Mar 08, 2018 01:52 PM #18
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Kathy Streib
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM Thank you and appreciate your stopping by. 

faye schubert I wish I knew as well. It's like that trick you see on Facebook where your eyes can play tricks on what you see. 

Mar 08, 2018 01:55 PM #19
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Kathy Streib
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Beth Atalay unfortunately for me, many of my OOps moments are in my blog titles. 

Sally K. & David L. Hanson something I never learned. 

Gabe Sanders one funny Dude!!!

Mar 08, 2018 01:59 PM #20
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Kathy Streib
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JL Boney, III I have Grammarly installed on my browser and it really comes in handy. 

Same here Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Mine is especially bad when it's late at night and I'm tired. 

Mar 08, 2018 02:01 PM #21
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Kathy Streib
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Marte Cliff thank goodness you're here to help keep us straight!  There have been times when I was changing and rewriting sentences and had I not proofread everything...nothing would have made any sense. 

Sharon Tara and I thank you for sending me a FYI text when I goof.

Mar 08, 2018 02:04 PM #22
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Kathy Streib
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty LOL I have no idea!

Sybil Campbell there's a day for everything!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel which is why you are the professionals that you are!!!

Mar 08, 2018 02:11 PM #23
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Kathy Streib
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Myrl Jeffcoat especially if we want to attract clients who will be looking at the quality of our work.

Chris Ann Cleland Never thought about that one!!

Mar 08, 2018 02:13 PM #24
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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Sometimes you know someone just missed a typo, other times you can tell by the quality of their post they are not natural writers.

Trying to put a positive spinon it, though, they may lose business who consider them unprofessional, however, perhaps they will pick up the business of those who don't know the difference. 

I have so many pet peeves when it comes to this topic, I cannot begin to list them. 

 

 

Mar 08, 2018 03:16 PM #25
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George Souto
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Kathy I make so many spelling mistakes that this Day must have been created for my benifit

Mar 08, 2018 04:52 PM #26
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Hi Kathy, I think this is an important day - though I was totally unaware of it.  Most people make errors that spell check can fix - that's easy.  It's when the errors are so far off that it make is difficult to decipher.

Mar 08, 2018 08:02 PM #27
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Kathy I thought it was International Women's Day today, but you know there are so many different platforms pushing their agenda as to what day it is... either way if it was not for spell check this Hungarian/German/English speaking Realtor would be all over the map when it comes to spelling:))Endre

Mar 08, 2018 10:59 PM #28
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James Dray
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Morning Kathy.

While I know what I want to say, my fat finger pecking makes mistakes.  Just a part of life.

Mar 09, 2018 02:55 AM #29
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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sorry I missed yesterday to celebrate proof reading - and great advice not to call someone out in the comment section - I hope most people here in the rain know to do that if they care enough to comment 

Mar 09, 2018 05:25 AM #30
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Hello Kathy - sign me up for all year-long. Those extra pairs of proofreading eyes would be appreciated. 

 

 

Mar 09, 2018 10:46 AM #31
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