I actually should start calling this “Common Mistakes Court Reporters Make,” eh?! I like that one better.
- Common Things Proofreaders Miss Part 1
- Common Things Proofreaders Miss Part 2
- Common Things Proofreaders Miss Part 3
- Common Things Proofreaders Miss Part 5
These are all words I found while reading real transcripts. I started this list to help you get a better idea of what kind o’ stuff is lurking in all kinds of transcripts. When in doubt, look it up!
The nifty app I recommend, called iAnnotate, has a dictionary feature, which allows you to just highlight the word and select “dictionary.” If it’s a word, but it’s showing up not found (happens with medical terms sometimes), you can highlight the word again and go to “Google”. So nifty!!
perimeter / parameter
scarred / scared (also “shinny” vs. “shiny” …. ha)
fathom / phantom
less / lest
heel / heal
where with all / wherewithal
“worse case scenario”
in tact / intact
stationary / stationery
depravation / deprivation
lose / loose
basis / bases
diagnosis / diagnoses
anyway / any way
exuberant / exorbitant
you attorney vs. your attorney (all. the. time.)
BONUS! Just this week, I saw the word “origination” used for “organization”… BE CAREFUL! Don’t skim, and don’t get cocky. Words that start and end with the same letters can sometimes fool our brains.
You are excellent!
What are some other phrases or words that proofreaders miss?