National Proofreading Day and Tips

National Proofreading Day and International Women’s Day both fall on March 8, 2022. While we hear a lot of shoutouts about the latter, we don’t hear much about the former. For all the proofreaders and editors out there, this one’s for you!

A National Today article shares a timeline of the origin and history of “our day.” It includes a snippet about a reprint of the King James Bible with “a minor proofreading error that resulted in a massive lawsuit and damages to the publisher!”

A Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog acknowledges this special day with some interesting background information and a list of proofreaders’ marks from the same 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style that I share below. also shouts out “our day” with a mention of the “grammar police” and why Judy Beaver created it specifically on March 8:

Judy created National Proofreading Day in remembrance of her mother, Flo. On her website ( Judy relates that her mother loved to correct people. She thought by creating the day on her mother’s birthday, it would be a fun way to remember her, and help people take more time to proofread their work!
National Proofreading Day
Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition

I previously blogged on proofreader marks (shown above) and added a YouTube video with an excellent breakdown on how to use Microsoft’s tracked changes instead — a more modern system for editing. Check it out!

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