Writers and editors aren’t only concerned with the ink on the page, but also with the spaces separating the ink. But how can you have a mark that denotes a lack of mark, a space? Well, you can arbitrarily assign that task to a mark that rarely appears in documents:
How to know exactly where this lovely space is supposed to go? A caret like this one is used to show just where this new space is needed:
You’ll be seeing a lot of these carets in the Proofreaders Marks entries because they’re so handy for inserting all kinds of characters. But perhaps you’re wondering how to fit these marks into a document where a space is missing—after all if there’s no space there’s no space, right? That’s where the skinny caret comes in. It’s a natural outgrowth of the caret that allows a lot of precision when editing in tight spaces:
You’ll be seeing a lot of these in these entries, too.
And here’s an example of an inserted space mark in action:
That red pencil still burning a hole in your pocket protector? You can find a full listing of all the Word Blog’s Proofreaders’ Marks entries here.