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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why We Make Mistakes: Post #8--We're a Bunch of Skimmers

We Skim: We tend to skim or skip over things we think we know. Thus, as something becomes more familiar, we tend to notice fewer, not more, errors. We come to see things as we think they ought to be. Often called proofreader errors, there are mistakes we all overlook that novices often find easily. It’s like when you show a draft you’re been working on for weeks to a friend and they find an error on the first line.

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