A great storyteller might not necessarily be a great editor or proofreader
One of our expert proofreaders was scanning though a leading Indian daily on a Sunday and came across this headline. Call it an occupational hazard… but even when we are off duty, our fixation with the English language doesn’t take a back seat.
There are two critical errors in the headline. The first one could be spotted easily, but the second one needs expert reasoning. If you haven’t yet read the headline and deciphered the two errors, read on…
… “cash” worth Rs. 55 Lakh is incorrect. The correct structure should be … Rs. 55 Lakh. This type of error is called redundancy – use of superfluous words.
The second incorrect word there is “robbing“. The word usage is incorrect because “robbing” involves violence (which is not the case here). The correct word would be “stealing” (taking secretly, without the owners consent) or even “burglary” (break in without consent, with the intent of committing a crime)…
Proofreading errors can creep into some of the most carefully worded articles. For those who have been writing for long hours, outsourcing proofreading is a good idea, because a great storyteller might not necessarily be a great editor or proofreader.
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