Speaking of Proofreading

Kathryn J. Bain

This isn’t exactly about publishing, but it goes well with what Katherine J. Bain, below, had to say about Proofreading.

This is from an e-mail which one of my supervisors received about ten years ago, so you may have already read it. Nevertheless, I think it bears repeating – for the laugh, if nothing else.

Reasons Why the English Language is Hard to Learn.

  1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
  2. The farm was used to produce produce.
  3. The dump was so full that it had refuse more refuse.
  4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
  5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  10. I did not object to the object.
  11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  13. They were too close to the door to close it.
  14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
  19. Upon on seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

I guess I could have come up with something more serious if Hotmail and Firefox hadn’t been offline most of the day. Well, another day is always just around the corner.