Friday, May 22, 2009

Give Me a Break

Recently I've read two books published by prestigious publishers in which the homonym "break" was used in place of "brake." I know that such mistakes are easy to make, especially considering that many of us tend to rely too much on spellcheckers, but various people read a book before it's actually printed. 

Authors are frequently not dependable when proofing their own work because they tend to "see" what they think they wrote. However, I'd like to believe that editors or copy editors might be especially vigilant regarding this type of error. 

Apparently I'm wrong.