Finding a mistake

@shymurl (2768)
United States
September 27, 2008 5:35pm CST
When you are reading a book do you ever find a mistake?? Like a misspelled word, wrong puctuation, or a letter thats not capitalized that should be.?.? What do you do? do you keep on reading? or is there even anything you can do about it?? Its not very often I find a mistake. I found one the other day reading my book. It was a misspelled word. I thought how funny it was and kept on reading.
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16 responses
• China
28 Sep 08
there are so many nistakes in the world !so ,but we often can't find it out !
• United States
28 Sep 08
I keep on reading usually. I find errors in books constantly. The ones that really annoy me, though, are the ones in the newspaper and on tv. It's been my experience, tho, that errors will still slip into the final copy of everything. And when you're running the very last page through the printer, that's when you spot the error.
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
28 Sep 08
Yeah i've seen a few mistakes in the newspaper and on tv too. its crazy lol. thank you for commenting.
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• United States
28 Sep 08
There used to be a weekly newspaper in a small area of Pittsburgh, PA that we used in high school English class as an example of the wrong way of doing things - mostly spelling and grammar.
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
28 Sep 08
Yes, I have found mistakes in books. One of my friends published a book, and there was one whole chapter in the middle that was printed in a different font style and size and printed upside-down. Obviously, that was not his mistake, but the publishers. I emailed him right away and he was able to get the publisher to call back many of the books that had been printed wrong and reprinted them. I'm sure that was a costly mistake for the publisher.
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@shymurl (2768)
• United States
28 Sep 08
oh yeah that would suck. lol. thank you for commenting.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
28 Sep 08
I am always finding mistakes in books that I read, I just carry on reading it is not a problem but it just makes me wonder if they have proofreaders to go through it first before they print all the copies off.
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@shymurl (2768)
• United States
28 Sep 08
I have wondered that sometimes too. Lol thank you for commenting.
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@NrgDfenZ (1810)
• Belgium
28 Sep 08
Yeah I usually find some mistakes.. Sometimes even complete sentences that don't make any sence :D Mostly they are translated books.. Have a nice day..
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• United States
2 Oct 08
I've found whole sentences that are printed a couple of times in a book. Sometimes it takes quite a while to find where the next sentence or thought starts.
• United States
28 Sep 08
I forgot to mention that I applied for a proofreading job at a newspaper once and was turned down because I didn't have a degree. From what I can see, I'm better than some of the proofreaders out there who supposedly know what they're doing.
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@shymurl (2768)
• United States
28 Sep 08
I hear ya on that. thank you for commenting.
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@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
28 Sep 08
Every few weeks I find a mistake. I just try to ignore it and go on with the book. Spelling errors are hard to find, but I do find them frequently. Grammar an punctuation ones are usually more glaring because something just doesn't make sense in what I'm reading and I need to go back and reread it again.
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
28 Sep 08
Yeah I have done that too. thank you for commenting.
• United States
27 Sep 08
At one time, I thought this was annoying because I was teaching English and journalism. Then I realized this really upset me when I was a kid, too. By the time a book is published, it's been through authors, readers, editors, and several marketing people. Why don't they see the errors? If the mistakes are to be attributed to the printers, why aren't they good enough at it to fix any errors? I can't help making the corrections. Once (only once) I wrote to the publisher with copies to all others involved about a book having so many mistakes it became a chore to read it, andody had the courtesy to respond. We accept medcrity, and we shouldn't.
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@shymurl (2768)
• United States
27 Sep 08
well said. thank you for responding.
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@shana123 (2096)
• India
28 Sep 08
I havent found anything as like you have mentioned , there may be some spelling mistakes but we cannot find any punctuation mistakes , if i find the discussion intresting i will proceed on to read if not i will just quit reading it.
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@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
Well, I do take note of it but not to the point that I stop reading. Usually I just laugh to myself and think that nobody is perfect.
@gelsey (18)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08
It's not often..actually, just take down all your mistakes and then edited..or just be careful what ever you do and where ever you do..;)
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@belk89 (1103)
• Philippines
27 Sep 08
I have once read a book that i notice one of the words are actually misspelled but still i continue to read the rest of the chapter coz i find the story interesting. I am not so particular with the spelling when im reading novels what is important for me is the story itself. Except if the book is supposed to teach me to learn how to pronounce word properly or something that is supposed to be educational then i stop reading it.
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@Essie119 (673)
• Canada
27 Sep 08
Every once in a while I find an error in a book, but it's pretty rare. Usually it's a case of one word having a couple of spellings so it goes through the spell check without being flagged. For example - there; their; they're. I just roll my eyes at the error and continue reading.
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@ajrox1810 (992)
• India
27 Sep 08
Since I am an addicted reader, it's a lot of time I find mistakes in books, but I can do nothing since the book has already been published and they are not going to publish another copy just for the sake of a spelling mistake. Literature is something you enjoy, and if you have learnt how to do it, then these small things doesn't matter to you. Cheers! AJ Rox.
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• United States
27 Sep 08
They happen. With a whole long manuscript, some mistakes are gonna get by. Isaac Asimov discussed this once in one of his anthologies of short stories. I can't remember which one right now or what he called them. However, I think they are getting more numerous. Like more book publishers are relying on spellcheck instead of visually checking. So, words are spelled right, but it is the wrong word, or words are left out or weird punctuation pops in.
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• United States
5 Oct 08
I'm pretty used to it by now since I discover errors and whatnot through newspapers and all. But what makes me stop and think more is when the author forget that he or she wrote a certain part this way, but later refers to it as something else or when he or she forgot about the setting itself. I guess that leans towards the plotline and the actions already taken place. I reading this one story where it goes about describing after the whole clean up process, the main character goes back downstairs to the kitchen to join her boyfriend for a little night chat (or something like that) but they have some sort of argument, so he leaves slamming the door on his way out. The problem? The author said that he slammed the bedroom door or something like that and walk down the hallway while some people look out from nearby rooms. They're in the kitchen, how can he leave by the bedroom and descend the stairs? So yes, grammatical errors don't bug me as much if it's just minimal, but if the plot or some details in the story contradicts itself, it bugs me more.
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Oh yeah that would totally bug me. thank you for commenting.