Make it stop!

The sleek, coppery locks that donned her head this morning …” Her hair put her head on this morning? Or perhaps padlocks put her head on this morning.

Good thing she didn’t wear much make-up. It would slide off her face faster than a double scoop of ice cream in a five-year-old’s hand.” Where do I start with this one? Images of a five-year-old with ice cream in its bare hand. Images of ice cream sliding off the woman’s face. Images of a five-year-old sliding off the woman’s face.

Going to the Kindle home page, deleting the book, and walking away now. I know the book was free, but may I get a refund please?

Wrong word there, buckie.

Acclimate: verb; ac·cli·mate\ˈa-klə-ˌmāt; ə-ˈklī-mət, -ˌmāt\

Simple definition – to adjust or adapt to a new climate, place, or situation

Synonyms – adapt, acclimatize, accommodate, adjust, condition, conform, doctor, edit, fashion, fit, put, shape, suit, tailor

Reconcile: verb; rec·on·cile \ˈre-kən-ˌsī(-ə)l\

Simple definition – to find a way of making (two different ideas, facts, etc.) exist or be true at the same time

Synonyms – accommodate, attune, conciliate, conform, coordinate, key, harmonize

Thank you, Merriam-Webster.

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Is that really what you mean?

proofing-marks

Proofreading is a part of my job. It is also one of the hazards of my job. I see typos, (cue Haley Joel Osment) grammar and punctuation errors everywhere. It doesn’t matter if I’m reading a classic, trash or something in between.

Of course, if I’m reading something I have written, all bets are off. This is true for most authors and proofers. By the time you hand your work off to be read, you have usually reworked it so many times, you won’t see what is right in front of you. Spell check is a wonderful thing, but it won’t catch there, their and they’re if used incorrectly. It also catches words — such as “proofer” — that are trade slang. C’est la guerre.

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