Proofreading — A Dying Art?

Correcting, Proof, Paper, Correction, Correct, Mistake

Perspectives will be a bit lighter than usual this week and next week. It’s summer time. And I’m about to finish the 10th year of writing these articles every single week … 520 articles in a row. So don’t expect anything particularly profound, whether theologically or politically.

Proofreading appears to be a dying art. Here are a few examples of signs that need some help: 

  • In a Laundromat: AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT.
  • In a London department store: BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS.
  • In an office: AFTER TEA BREAK, STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD.
  • Outside a second-hand shop: WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING — BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?
  • Notice in health food shop window: CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS.
  • Spotted in a safari park: ELEPHANTS, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR.
  • Seen during a conference: FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE FIRST FLOOR.
  • Notice in a farmer’s field: THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.
  • Message on a leaflet: IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS.
  • On a repair shop door: WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR — THE BELL DOESN’T WORK.)

Thanks for sticking with me, dear friends in Christ. God bless your day!