True Proofreading Stories

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Total Tra(r)sh

The public works department of Prichard, Alabama, recently made a mistake that will be displayed all over the town for (probably) a couple decades or more.

And no, the error apparently wasn't that they misspelled the town name. It's not supposed to be "Pritchard"; I checked.

It's the county name, instead.

Prichard's public works department created around 10,000 garbage bins with large printing calling the town the "crossroads of Mobile Country." Not "County" without the "r."

Now, that's a pretty simple mistake that automated spell checkers probably won't catch. And that's a good reason to use the services of a human sharp-eyed proofreader for anything you're publishing.

Even if it's the side of a garbage can.


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