Dubai: A proofreader’s paradise

It’s been a while since I posted about proofreading, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any mistakes! Here are a few I’ve seen over the last few weeks…

31st September? Really?

31st September? Really?

What’s frightening is that when I pointed it out to my dad he said ‘Maybe they mean next year.’ Erm – there’s no 31st of September in any year, Dad!
21 across - 'nImpractical'?

21 across – ‘nImpractical’?

That can't be right?

That can’t be right?

Hotels should be able to afford proofreaders, surely? There's even a publishing house in the same building... 'Use it or lose it!'

Hotels should be able to afford proofreaders, surely? There’s even a publishing house in the same building… ‘Use it or lose it!’

'Museum' has only one 'm' at the end...

‘Museum’ has only one ‘m’ at the end…

Water 'ritention' - this was at the Armani Spa at the Armani Hotel

Water ‘ritention’ – this was at the Armani Spa at the Armani Hotel

Maybe they mean 'launch'?

Maybe they mean ‘launch’?

What's happening on Monday??

What’s happening on Monday??

This shouldn't need explaining

This shouldn’t need explaining

Nothing wrong with this really - but would you want that sake based on that description?

Nothing wrong with this really – but would you want that sake based on that description?

Of course it should be 'closed'. And can you see the mistake at the bottom? ('apologies')

Of course it should be ‘closed’. And can you see the mistake at the bottom? (‘apologies’)

To see more mistakes, click here.

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2 thoughts on “Dubai: A proofreader’s paradise

  1. swathi says:

    After living here for many decades, I’m afraid the culture of proofreading, made worse by the forced nationalization of the media sector by individuals who don’t quite get the seriousness of bad grammar is going to be around the region for a while.

    Outside of newspaper editors, journalists and copy editors are not a well paid bunch, and many from the subcontinent and Europe rarely have to submit a piece to show their flair for the language. Inexpensive journalism is the driver here. Ditto for advertising and brochures- you’re cheap and can wait 90 days for your cheque, your hired. MA in English Lit – not interested unless your cheap! .

    The National newspaper is much better, but then again, when the editor is getting paid over 150k dhs a month, it better be!.

    • nectar1269 says:

      The number of mistakes I’ve seen are actually quite frightening… I think it’s also because there are people of so many nationalities here and nobody knows whether to follow American English or ‘English’ English! It should be standardised somehow. I live in hope…
      Thanks for your comments!

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