Thursday, August 18, 2011
It is often even tougher to find missing words. I think when our brains read they just fill in any missing words so that the sentence makes sense. This is probably the one error that we have the most trouble with. I think like many writers we know what we are saying so we don't notice the missing words.
I think that spell and grammar check have also contributed to make us somewhat more complacent than we once were. I know that I personally watch for that red squiggly line to help me spell or find words that are misspelled. It is very helpful but not so much when I have chosen the wrong word. The word plains, for example. If I am talking about a man's face the word should be planes of his face. Of course, I guess if he was not handsome that it could be the plains of his face but generally speaking that is not the case.
What is your best tip or strategy for discovering typographical errors?