Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: How do You strike through mistakes?

  1. #1
    Member J H S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Sitka, Alaska
    Posts
    80
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked 41 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default How do You strike through mistakes?

    .
    .
    As part of my classical elementary education in the Mississippi school system, I was routinely scolded for my writing.
    My third grade teacher, in order to shame me, sent me with an early essay, back to my first grade teacher to show the evidence of her helplessness. I remember standing before her door having to pee, and then knocking, interrupting her class. After further defining that I was in third grade, and that she was no longer my teacher, she looked at the bloody page.

    "Jim, this is fantastic! Lord knows, I never thought you were going to learn to write!"

    I took the long way back to my third grade class, stopping for a New York spin on the lopsided merry-go-round.

    .
    As gruesome as it may be, this belongs to me:
    .

    .
    I would like to know how you manage your strike-throughs. I tend to use a single line, as a bunch of scribbles seems to distract, while emphasizing my foolery with a nib. Please then, show me your grace.
    .
    Now that I've likely explained everything anyone could possibly be wondering about me, I should like to further understand the fundamental elements of long hand editing. My backspace finger is clearly missing.
    .
    The top end of classical form interests me, but I am more interested in the practical application, not the stuffy rule.

    May I be excused now?
    .
    Jim
    Last edited by J H S; April 20th, 2015 at 06:54 PM.

    ~ . ~



  2. #2
    Senior Member Dreck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Naptown
    Posts
    647
    Thanks
    1,508
    Thanked 892 Times in 408 Posts
    Rep Power
    8

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    We did another thread on this some time back, though I've no idea where it is or how it was titled. The long and short of it is that some do a single strikethrough, some attempt to insinuate the aberrant word into the proper one, some obliterate without embellishment, and others (myself included) obliterate and attempt to vitiate the offense with "artwork." Some turn the offense into a caterpillar or something else. I wrap up my undesirable words in curliques and draw "editing spiders" atop them.
    Online arguments are a lot like the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
    As soon as the audience begins to participate, any actual content is lost in the resulting chaos and cacophony.
    At that point, all you can do is laugh and enjoy the descent into debasement.

  3. #3
    Senior Member VertOlive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    The Island
    Posts
    3,843
    Thanks
    3,994
    Thanked 3,683 Times in 1,599 Posts
    Rep Power
    11

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    Well, when I'm writing letters to pen-pals I usually turn my strikethroughs into whimsical insects and caterpillars. It's more entertaing that way for both of us.

    When I'm in the lab, all original elements must be retained so a single line strikethrough is the rule. Stuffy but practical.
    "Nolo esse salus sine vobis ...” —St. Augustine

  4. #4
    Senior Member 00Photo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    500
    Thanks
    574
    Thanked 1,808 Times in 329 Posts
    Rep Power
    10

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?


  5. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to 00Photo For This Useful Post:

    akapulko2020 (April 21st, 2015), RuiFromUK (April 21st, 2015), Sailor Kenshin (April 21st, 2015), Sammyo (April 30th, 2015)

  6. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Cullman County, Alabama
    Posts
    96
    Thanks
    54
    Thanked 86 Times in 46 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    Quote Originally Posted by 00Photo View Post
    Made me snort

    If it's just one or two letters, I scribble over it and go on. If it's a word or a part of a word, one or two lines thru it and go on. That was the way things were done at the security company that I worked for until last April. Our logs were legal documents, and management told us they wanted to be able to read what it was that we lined out; strike out accordingly. Nowadays I'm not doing anything more important than friendly letters, so I don't see any reason to change my habits.
    In my mug: Sailor 21 P-P M, Cross Solo M, Online Calligraphy, Monteverde Invincia F, Hero 359 M, Jinhao X450 M, Levenger T-W M, Jinhao 159 , Platinum Balance F, TWSBI Classic 1.1, Platinum Preppy 0.3 F, 7 Pilot Varsities, Speedball penholder, TWSBI 580 USA EF, Pilot MR, Ahab 1.1, another Preppy 0.3, Preppy EF 0.2, ASA Sniper F, Click Majestic F, Kaweco Sport M, Pilot Prera F, Baoer 79 M, Hero 616 M, Jinhao X750

    31 and counting

    DaveBj

  7. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Eastern New Mexico, USA
    Posts
    40
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 29 Times in 11 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    I believe the "official" way to commit this sort of correction is one line striking through the entirety of the word and then wrap it in parentheses.

    I usually resort to an attempt at "patching" the mistake somehow, generally making it worse and either carrying on or just strike it out and take my Mulligan.

    Makr

  8. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    214
    Thanks
    339
    Thanked 262 Times in 110 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    A couple of straight lines, not enough to obliterate what I wrote, but enough to show I'd changed my mind. If it's done at the time I'm writing, I just continue on. If it's done later, i.e. as I'm "copy-editing" the page, I try to put the revised word above the strike-through area. If there's no room, then I do the old editorial thing of putting a ^ next to the strike-through area, and then another ^ in the margin, where I write out the new words.

    Or, I crumple up the page and just write it all over again. Depends on the day.

  9. #8
    Member J H S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Sitka, Alaska
    Posts
    80
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked 41 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    spiders and caterpillars and trash cans, oh my!

    I like them all, insects for friendly letters, trash can for unfriendly, and the Boston method for general philosophizing and doodaderie.

    thanks.

    ~ . ~



  10. #9
    Senior Member carlc's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Watford, UK
    Posts
    622
    Thanks
    434
    Thanked 369 Times in 192 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    In the UK nurses are trained to put a single line through and initial the mistake/correction so that the original is legible and the change can be traced to the individual.

    Sometimes I have to stop myself putting my initials next to mistakes in letters to penpals.

  11. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to carlc For This Useful Post:

    Dreck (April 21st, 2015), Tracy Lee (May 1st, 2015)

  12. #10
    Senior Member Dreck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Naptown
    Posts
    647
    Thanks
    1,508
    Thanked 892 Times in 408 Posts
    Rep Power
    8

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    Quote Originally Posted by carlc View Post
    In the UK nurses are trained to put a single line through and initial the mistake/correction so that the original is legible and the change can be traced to the individual.

    Sometimes I have to stop myself putting my initials next to mistakes in letters to penpals.
    lol. I was an EMT for years, and it took a while for me to get out of the habit.
    Online arguments are a lot like the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
    As soon as the audience begins to participate, any actual content is lost in the resulting chaos and cacophony.
    At that point, all you can do is laugh and enjoy the descent into debasement.

  13. The Following User Says Thank You to Dreck For This Useful Post:

    Crazyorange (April 21st, 2015)

  14. #11
    Senior Member Sammyo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    Tochigi, Japan
    Posts
    884
    Thanks
    570
    Thanked 780 Times in 307 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    I have always used a double line strike through... I can't remember where I picked that up from, but it was definitely taught to me... My grandmother was a trained secretary... is that where? Maybe my great grandad who was a steam engine driver... this will now haunt my dreams...
    Sam O

    "A fountain pen with a bad nib is like a Ferrari with a flat tyre..." - Brian Gray, Edison pens

  15. #12
    Member J H S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Sitka, Alaska
    Posts
    80
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked 41 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    A steam engine driver and a vintage secretary....so the tracks were always there, along with ink. At least the dreams will be cool.

    It could well be that a double strike was all the rage back in the day. I find myself using a double strike often, it seems to relate to the line height, and now I'm writing with a big nib so the second line seems wanted. It's only my thought, but I like to think there is a threshold of distraction....if the strike leaves the word is still too present, then it can trip me in reading fluidly....sometimes I'll include a circle, making the whole thing rather abstract. No doubt I would have been reduced to philosophy-student-coffee-runner-intern somewhere in the second hour of a vintage office job. : )

    ~ . ~



  16. The Following User Says Thank You to J H S For This Useful Post:

    Sammyo (May 1st, 2015)

  17. #13
    Senior Member tandaina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    1,936
    Thanks
    361
    Thanked 2,044 Times in 788 Posts
    Rep Power
    10

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    I just cross the word out and keep going. :P
    ---
    Current pen rotation: way too many!

  18. #14
    Senior Member Jon Szanto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    5,686
    Thanks
    6,413
    Thanked 9,117 Times in 3,379 Posts
    Rep Power
    17

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

    ~ Benjamin Franklin

  19. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Jon Szanto For This Useful Post:

    Dreck (May 1st, 2015), elaineb (May 1st, 2015), Sammyo (May 1st, 2015), tandaina (May 1st, 2015)

  20. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    236
    Thanks
    148
    Thanked 96 Times in 58 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    With great violence...

  21. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to lsmith42 For This Useful Post:

    Jon Szanto (May 2nd, 2015), Tracy Lee (May 3rd, 2015)

  22. #16
    Senior Member Dronak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Posts
    105
    Thanks
    18
    Thanked 58 Times in 33 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    Looking at some work notes from this year, it looks like I don't have a consistent method for striking out mistakes. I see single and double line strikethroughs, some overwriting or squeezing in a correction, as well as the occasional scribble over (probably where an overwrite/squeeze messed it up even more). So I guess I do whatever seems sufficient at the time I'm writing. If it's something that needs to be 100% correct, like I'm writing something in calligraphy to give to someone else, a mistake there typically means throwing it out and starting over.

  23. #17
    Senior Member jar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Deep South Texas
    Posts
    3,956
    Thanks
    410
    Thanked 3,614 Times in 1,569 Posts
    Rep Power
    15

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    I'm not sure what the question is? What is a mistake?
    Last edited by jar; June 29th, 2015 at 07:57 AM. Reason: appalin spallin

  24. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    1,425
    Thanks
    1,943
    Thanked 562 Times in 361 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: How do You strike through mistakes?

    In the nuclear power industry, it was a one line strike through and initial and date it. All in black ballpoint (sorry) ink.
    We have met the enemy and he is us.
    -Pogo

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •