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Appearances are everything and the smallest slips can be judged harshly. We all notice other people’s mistakes, but are sometimes too close to notice our own.

When we put out literature of whatever kind, we worry about the content, the presentation, the image, the logo that will make the impression. BUT how often do clangers in spelling, punctuation and grammar slip into the final document – when it’s too late? Look at these typos: ‘Thursday night - potluck supper. Prayer and medication to follow’. Or ‘The rosebud on the altar is to announce the birth of David Brown, the sin of the Rev and Mrs Julius Brown.’ Or the spelling error that had Mrs Beeton’s cookery book telling you it was rude to tear off pieces of beard to put in your soup. But it’s not only spelling that can get you in trouble. How about the church notice that reads ‘Don’t let worry kill you. Let the Church help!’ Or ‘Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community’!

When you’re putting together a long document, do you always think about whether you write Mr with or without a full stop after it? How did you write the date: 3 August, August 3, the 3rd of August? Is fund-raising going to be hyphenated or not? Did you write Limited or abbreviate it to Ltd? These are the other things a proofreader picks up – not just keeping consistency, but noticing where there’s potential for variation in the first place.

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