Brain Drain

Getting the bugs out of proofreading

Back when I started my short-lived proofreading purgatory – I mean, job – at a newspaper called Caribbean Business, I bought a book to learn effective proofreading. The author, whose name I forget, said that proofreading was a somewhat hopeless task. The brain, after all, has this pesky auto-correct function that makes the reader see what he expects to see. There’s only so much anyone can do to overcome the brain’s wiring. There’s some encouragement…