Proofreading Joke: An Important Distinction

Thanks to James Garlick who sent in a really good joke about the importance of proofreading that he found on the Internet. We love it!

If only this guy had come across our editing and proofreading services.

In an ancient monastery, a new monk arrived to dedicate his life to subservient solitude and to join the others as they copied ancient records. The first thing he noticed was that the other monks were copying, by hand, books that had already been copied by hand.

The new monk had to speak up: “Forgive me, Brother Mark, but copying other copies by hand allows many chances for error. How do we know we aren’t copying someone else’s mistakes? Are they ever checked against the originals? Who is proofreading them?”

Brother Mark was startled. No one had ever suggested that before. “Well, that is a good point, my son.” He replied, “I will take one of these latest books down to the vault and proofread it against its original document.” He went deep into the vault, where no one else was allowed to enter, and started the proofreading process.

The day passed and it was getting late in the evening. The monks were getting worried about Brother Mark. Finally, the new monk started making his way through the old vault and, after he searched for a while, he heard sobbing.

“Brother Mark?” he called. The sound of the sobbing grew louder as the monk drew nearer to Brother Mark. He finally found the old monk sitting at a table with both the new copy and the original ancient book in front of him. It was obvious that Brother Mark had been crying for a long time.

“What is the matter?” asked the concerned new monk. “Oh, my Lord,” sobbed Brother Mark, “the word is ‘CELEBRATE’ !”

Do you know any proofreading jokes that you would like to share with us? Please send them in and give us all a laugh!

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