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Proofreading Spam

While reading the latest variation on the Nigerian scam spam (“My name is Mr Kenneth Thoba , an Auditor in one of the top Bank’s in South Africa.”) I noticed that my gaze was drawn inexorably to the language errors (e.g., “Bank’s”). It also occurred to me that if I’m ever stuck for a proof-reading exercise to use in class, I can just open my spam folder. Spammers, bless ’em, manage to come up with exactly the errors that we want to teach our students to avoid.

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