On the Importance of Proofreading, or How to Prevent Embarrassment
I hate proofreading. Whether it’s an email, a pleading, or a journal article. Proofing is tedious and tiresome, and I have no patience for it. I understand the necessity of it, and firmly believe that good writing is in the editing and re-writing. Nevertheless, I find no joy in it.
I received a stark reminder today of the importance of proofreading before sending something out into the wide world. Upon reviewing a motion in preparation for a hearing, I had informed the judge that “the burden then shits to the plaintiff.” (Insert rosy cheeks emoji).
Consider this a public service announcement that proofreading saves arguments … and embarrassment.