As a self-confessed pedant, that’s my advice.
As Alexander Pope never said: To err is human; to proof, less common. Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone likes to correct them. This is why the world needs eagle-eyed, word-loving, nitpicking perfectionists, and why I aspire to be one of them.
So welcome to Proof (v.), a blog for making a fuss about punctuation, grammar and spelling; for rambling about etymology and gushing over nice typeface (Helvetica mainly); for admiring inspirational use of the English language and singing along with obscurely pleasant songs; for finding tidbits of ‘interesting’ in the deluge of boring news; and for generally enjoying the fine-print of the world through the magnifying eyes of a pedant.
I am Olivia McDowell and I am a proofreading pedant, a word nerd, a grammar geek. I throw down newspapers in a typo-induced frenzy, and embargo products on the basis of incorrectly punctuated packaging.
I like these little linguistic mistakes — my own, and those of others. Poor grammar, errant punctuation, incorrect spelling and obscure syntax are grist to the editorial mill, fodder to the pedant’s blog. They keep eagle-eyes alert, and the meticulous on their toes.
Proof of Liv
I have a fancy bit of paper to confirm my graduation with First Class Honours from a 5-year Journalism/Law degree at UTS (which involved so much work it would be a shame to smother it with understatement).
In the past, I contributed to Nomenclature; edited Precinct (as a newspaper, and as a magazine); and served as proofreader (and cover artist) for the UTS Law Journal, The Full Bench. I spent my non-timetabled uni days writing features for Specifier Magazine and dabbling in editing for specifier.com.au.
And now… I am living the word nerd’s dream, as lead proofreader at Editor Group.
I also tweet somewhat prolifically; have tumblr full of nice things over at vague and nebulous; and sometimes like to share my pedant’s-eye view of the world on flickr. I also have an unquenchable daily passion for ashtanga yoga.
I’m rather busy, well, proofreading, these days… but you can still email me if you need someone to check your copy.