It is most instructive to see how many actual "typos" I missed in the first on-line draft… I am appalled!
Note also that those who graciously took the time to review and comment, picked up less than half of them!
In my graphic designer and typographer days, I very quickly discovered that if I made an error, in all likelihood, I would not pick it up… until, of course, it was all printed and ready to be delivered!
Back in the early '80s, when doing some work for Dr. Raymond Damadian and the entity which would become FONAR, four of us scrutinized an important document I'd just typeset for him, with me reading it backward (right-to-left) so I wouldn't be focused on the sense so much as the form. We kept finding errors, some mine, but others in their original. I was getting frustrated, and Raymond told me that the most carefully prepared texts in the world, being medical ones, went through five (5!) sets of proof-readers, and still only achieved a 91%-93% accuracy level!
The more "eyes" the better! Thanks to all.
Ed, I admit to being something of a language pedant (or, as one would have it, a "diction Nazi"), and I deplore the corruption through sloppy usage of our language.
Case in point, the word "fortuitous" once exclusively held the property of pure chance, and had a neutral buoyancy. Through misuse, it has also come to mean "good fortune," and I don't think that's a particularly "good thing."
Several months back, shortly after its launch, Rob and I were discussing the cable series "Deadwood
," and Rob acknowledged that he was offended by the relentless outpouring of major profanity, despite the insistence of aficionados of Old West lore, that it is "period accurate." For my part, I am not as offended as Rob, but I do have serious reservations about such averred authenticity when I hear saloon-owner Al Swearengen
(ho!) refer to someone as "f**knut!"
My point in referencing Deadwood
though is to call attention to the exquisite use of language by the Eastern-born and well-bred widow Alma Garret
… as attractive as she is, I could listen to this woman speak all night without trying to jump her, so wonderful is her diction and formal (without sounding stilted) structure.
So "grips" has become au courant
and "stocks" has fallen into disfavor, I shall in all likelihood continue to fight a derrière-gard
As a matter of fact, you can count on it!