We’re back today with Part II of the BOLO (Be on the Lookout) list — an evolving collection of terms found in real transcripts (on multiple occasions) for you to look out for. They’re common things proofreaders miss, and items you will definitely want to have a good handle on.
If you missed the first segment, you can find it here.
30(b)(6) — often written as 30b6 or 30B6. If you’re interested in knowing what a 30(b)(6) witness is, check out this page.
401(k) — I see this one a LOT. I have seldom read a job where I have not corrected this. I see it written as 401K or just 401k, and this is not correct.
vendor / vender — it’s vendor.
adjuster / adjustor — not sure why the latter is so popular, because it’s wrong!
distributor / distributer — watch out for those -er/-or endings
cellphone — … is two words! Just like home phone and work phone.
sell / sale — seen these interchanged before; it’s usually just an error because of typing so fast.
judgment / judgement — both are correct spellings, but the former is more common and therefore is the one I correct to. Learn more.
follow up / follow-up –– one’s a verb (Follow up with a doctor!) and one’s a noun (See me in a week for your follow-up!).
setup / set up — same thing here, the one-word version is a noun, whereas the two-word version is a verb.
peace / piece of mind — it’s peace of mind 🙂 Unless you’re giving someone a piece of your mind, that is. But that’s no way to keep your peace of mind!! HA!
layout / lay out
formerly / formally — watch out for this one!!
analysis / analyses — just “listen” for plural when you read, and if you spot the singular use, you’ll “hear” it.
wholely / holy
hole / whole
diagnoses / diagnosis — another one to check for context
breath / breadth — our eyes can easily glaze over these kinds of words so read carefully!
per se — often seen as “per say” or “persay”
where ever / wherever
fascia / prima facie — any time you see a legal term you’re not familiar with, Google it!
calendar — I see it written as “calender” ALL the time!
cease / seize — I see this one in hearings.
“low and behold” — it should be “lo”
Single words often separated into two or more words
If you see one of these, remember: They’re all one word!
Or check out my book, The Look Better in Writing™ Handbook to Commonly Misused Words, available here.