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Some weeks go by and my clients all disappoint me by being so clever; I don’t feel needed.

This week was better than usual and I was able to prove my worth. See my top 10 proofreading catches below.

  1. ‘Pubic’ instead of ‘public’. (Seriously, I suspected that this was one of those gaffes that rarely occur in real life…and then I found an example twice in a week. One of the documents was going directly to a senior government minister, and the error was in the opening paragraph. Lucky.)
  2. ‘Peak’ instead of ‘pique’. From someone who’s more aurally inclined.
  3. ‘Optimises’ when we needed ‘epitomises’. Not common but this isn’t the first time I’ve picked up this one this month.
  4. ‘Predominately’ rather than ‘predominantly’. This one is so common, I do a search for it before I start reading through the entire copy deck.
  5. ‘Per say’ instead of ‘per se’. Not used that often so it’s understandable that someone who’s only ever heard the phrase wouldn’t know how to spell it. I have the benefit of four years of Latin so I shouldn’t be too smug.
  6. ‘Brought’ instead of ‘bought’.
  7. ‘Conjour’ instead of ‘conjure’. No idea…really. Maybe they’re writing with a French accent.
  8. ‘Tenants’ instead of ‘tenets’. This may have been a spell-checking error so that client gets the benefit of the doubt.
  9. ‘Compliment’ rather than ‘complement’. This is one of those words that pays my mortgage. Very few writers, even when they know the difference, get this one right. I love finding this error…it’s like an old friend.
  10. ‘Premise’ instead of ‘premises’ “…because it’s only one business”. That client received a photocopy of the dictionary definition (and she still insisted on keeping ‘premise’). It’s sad because I can’t put that piece of writing and proofreading in my portfolio.

Well, that’s all for this week. Do you have any words that you trip over regularly?

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