LeftieBiker wrote:Spellcheckers really have killed proofreading, haven't they? The standard is now "As long as it's a word, it's fine." Good piece, excepting "rein."
That war was lost a long time ago, although I still find myself getting frustrated whenever I read a book that has supposedly been 'edited' by a real person, only to be distracted by the numerous spiel-chucker errors present. I spend enough time here going back and editing my own their/there/they're and similar mindfarts, even though my posts here are semi-ephemeral, don't need to represent me professionally, and I'm not getting paid to do so. Professionally printed works that include such errors really irritate me - online not so much, as we're trading immediacy for proofreading. However, I do wish someone at IEVS would take the time to clean up the grammar in Mark Kane's articles, as English appears to be a second language for him.