Proofreading and editing symbols and abbreviations / Credit: Clip Art Library

In my day job I do freelance editing for a venerable American magazine that might be older than your and my ages combined. The work requires you to catch typos, and to avoid missing one, I take these steps before returning an edited article.

1 Proofread the article on a screen, and then printed out, in my usual font: 12-point Times New Roman.

2 Change the font to 14-point Arial. Print and proofread that, too.

In other words, I send articles to editors only after proofreading them four ways: on a screen and printed out in 12-point Times New Roman…

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