A humbling experience with verbal tics

First, you do the writing. Then, the rewriting and throwing away and rewriting and rewriting. Then, editing, and more rewriting. Eventually, copy-editing (see earlier post). And finally proofreading. By which stage you  think everything should be perfect, except maybe that one errant "mend" that should be "mind," or "starts" that should be "started." But now, at …