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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Importance of Proofreading
(From John, our correspondent in Narrowsburg.)
A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the
other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.
He notices however, that all of the monks are copying from copies,
not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the head
abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small
error in the first copy, it would never be picked up. In fact, that
error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.
The head monk, says, "We have been copying from the copies for
centuries, but you make a good point, my son." So, he goes down into the
dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are
held as archives in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds
Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot. So, the young monk gets
worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head
against the wall and wailing, "We missed the "R", we missed the
His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably.
The young monk asks the old abbot, "What's wrong, father?" *With a
choking voice, the old abbot replies ........
"The word was celebrate !!!!"