The galley proofs have arrived and I am to go through them and find mistakes, if any. Faced with this tiresome task, my mind wanders. Why are they called proofs? I suppose I could google “galley proofs” and get the answer immediately, but I prefer to imagine my own explanation. I think of all the times I encountered the word proof.
“The proof is in the pudding.” Evidence that someone is a good cook?
“Show me some proof.” Exhibit A, no doubt.
“Geometric proof?” Reminders of high school days, long past.
“14.5% proof” One drink would probably do it.
"Proof" A fine theatrical experience.
But, I am facing a galley proof – the printed copy that I must check for errors before it goes to the printer. Do I need further proof of my procrastination? Back to work!