The oldest proofreader in town

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  • What a nice story - well done and keep it up Mr Frary, and well doen Taylor Wessing !

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  • What an enjoyable departure from the usual tales of greedy, money-obsessed individuals that's the standard fare of The Lawyer.

    (Not that it's their fault - they merely report what's now the standard fare of large firm lawyers).

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  • I cannot believe that the first reader's comment and even the article contain typos. Poor form all round!
    What will Frary say!?

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  • Do I recall correctly that Taylor Wessing are customers of yours?

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  • Sorry Anonymous, but I think you meant "what WOULD Frary say".

    Oh, and "Mr Frary" would be far more courteous.

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  • A helpful reminder that many retired lawyers can offer this service. Who, like me, still winces at a split infinitive?

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  • There is hope for us all yet. I always say I am mid career only at 48.
    I had a personal reply from the FT's editor this week when I wrote objecting to the newspaper's use on the front page of the sentence "The FT will not publish on Good Friday". It should be a transitive verb and made me wince. As my mother would have said , "Publish what?"
    Let's hope the Government does as suggested in the Budget this year and abolish the right of employers to force people out at 65 against their will.

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  • I am "Anonymous 1" ! I thank Anon2's admonishment and correction in respect of my typographical error, but note that others have pointed to his/her errata !). At least I referred to the great man as "Mr Frary" , but would he have preferred to see a full stop after "Mr" ?

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  • "At least I referred to the great man as "Mr Frary" , but would he have preferred to see a full stop after "Mr" ?"
    'Mr.' is commonplace in American English, but not in British English.
    A full stop is used only when the last letter of the abbreviation is different to the last letter of the abbreviated word, so 'Dr' and 'Revd' but 'Prof.' and 'Rev.'.

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  • I agree with Rural Bliss. What a lovely story and what a nice change from the usual boring articles about grubby corporate drones.

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  • Different to? Surely that should be different from?

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  • "He has survived the Second World War"?

    Should have had Reg edit this.

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  • Sadly Reg died last Tuesday, aged 91. What a wonderful man.

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  • I worked with Reg back in the 1970s at the British Standards Institution. He had just as keen an eye and a sharp sense of humour even then. He will surely be missed by many.

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