Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thoroughness Challenge

Thoroughly Thursday
Thoroughly Thursday is a weekly post consisting of a couple of paragraphs that contain spelling and/or grammatical errors, and your job is to find them. Please do not list the errors you find within the post. The same post will be repeated at the end of Fun Friday's Spelling Challenge, with the errors corrected and highlighted in red.

Note: Names and places will NOT be misspelled, nor will there by any changes to punctuation. In addition, if there is a word that may have more than one accepted form or there is more than one accepted spelling, those also will not be changed. That would not be fair...the purpose of the Challenge is thoroughness, not technicalities.

This week's paragraphs feature a little history on the first books published and the coming of age of the modern-day publishing houses. This excerpt is taken from Fun Trivia, and it contains 14 errors. Good Luck!



Early History

The practice of making extra copies of manuscripts goes back to ancient times; in Rome there were booksellers—Horace mentions the Sosii, who were apparantly brothers—and the copying of books by trained slaves reached considerable preportions. With the introduction of printing into Europe in the middle of the 15th century, book publshing sprang into lively existance. The author, the printer, and the publisher of a work were sometimes all the same person, as in the case of members of the Estienne family in France in the 16th century. The differentation of printer, publisher, and bookseller appeared early, however, as patrons of litrature had books printed for distribution and booksellers had their printing done by others to meet the growing demand.

The Emergance of Publishing Houses

The first importent publishing house (1583–1791) was that of the Elzevir family in Holland. The Elzevirs were businessmen rather than scholars, and the business of bookselling grew as literacy increased. Concurrantly, printing, publishing, and bookselling spred learning across the West. Religious contraversy bred polemics, and arguments printed in broadsides, pamphlets, and books were handed out zelously and bought eagerly by partesans. An interest in knowing the future also increased the amount of literature issued by bookseller-publishers, and almenacs and the like were issued for the wider public.


Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how thorough you are!



  1. The only problem was that the subject matter is one of interest to me and it distracted me from finding as many errors as I might otherwise have! That's my story and I'm sticking with it... :)

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. Ok I'll be back tomorrow to see how well I did. I had fun just READING this one, for the interesting historical content.

    Marvin D Wilson

  3. Yeah, I see twelve, and if any of the names are mispelled, I'd have no idea!

  4. Elizabeth and Marvin: YAY! I was hoping you all would like the subject matter...a topic that is not only interesting but OF interest!

    Diane (and everyone else...) When I do these paragraphs, names and places will not be misspelled, nor will I make any changes in punctuation. I don't feel that would be fair.

    I have now added that to the body of the post, something that should have specified when I began the Thoroughness Challenge!

  5. Ok I actually found 16 depending on something I will ask you about in a comment tomorrow, because it may make a good future grammar lesson.

    Love the history lessons!!

  6. And I do love that scrolling comment section in your sidebar. It's like the fish gadget on some blogs. I just have to play with it when I visit.

  7. What an interesting piece of text you chose! I had part of my brain reading the information and another part going "There's another one..."



  8. Interesting. I'm pretty sure I didn't find them all, though I lost count mid-way because I got distracted by the content. Plus it is Friday afternoon.
    Thanks for a great read.


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