Grammar Gazette: Check—and Recheck!



One of the most important things for a book review editor is double-checking names of characters and places.

But did you know that there’s a secret to finding those errors? If you see a word spelled two or more different ways in a review, you know that you’ve got a mistake on your hands (for instance, if you see “Philip” and “Phillip”). For eagle-eyed reviewers and editors, that’s a sign to go back to the book and find out the correct spelling. And once you start looking for inconsistent spelling, you’ll find you’re seeing it everywhere!