Mistakes a quick read would catch

On the brief description on our most recent DVD from Netflix, the need for proofreaders and copyeditors in all realms of life reared its head.

Here’s part of what it said:

“Sydney picks up the pieces after a cliff-hanger car wreck with her fiancé,” and later, “This disc includes the following episodes: Solo, Fait Accompli, Bob, The Horizon and ‘S.O.S.”

There are clearly two problems here, which likely stem from two different sources. The first error, fiancé, probably stems from the entire text being copied and transferred, and from the program it was pasted into not being compatible with the code for the é.

The second is probably a result of simple lack of attention to detail. Both are bad errors, though.

A reputable company should not allow text to be presented to the public with errors.

It doesn’t take a well-trained editor to catch these mistakes, either. An eye with attention to detail would work. It’s common knowledge that when quotes are started, another quote mark must come later. And the messed-up code would slow-up even a quick read.

About these ads

2 responses to “Mistakes a quick read would catch

  1. You wrote:
    “There are clearly two problems here, which likely stem from two different sources. The first error, fiancé, probably stems from the entire text being copied and transferred, and from the program it was pasted into not being compatible with the code for the é.”

    I’m sorry, but I feel that I am missing something. Fiancé is the male equivalent of fiancée. As the original passage you quoted mentioned “her fiancé,” it seems relatively safe to assume that the person intended (both literally and metaphorically) is male – though in this day and age this is no longer completely dependable.

  2. Ack. To be honest, I have no idea now what I was thinking when I wrote that. Perhaps I corrected the error when I typed the quote. That post was written quite a long time ago.

What do you think? I'd love to know.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s