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Stet is a Latin word (meaning "let it stand"). It is used by proofreaders and editors to instruct the typesetter or writer to disregard a change the editor or proofreader had previously marked.[1]

This convention is usually marked by writing and circling the word stet above or beside the unwanted edit and underscoring the selection with dashes or dots.[1] Alternatively, a circled tick may be used in the margin.[2]

In connection with this usage, stet is also sometimes used as a verb, e.g., "Stet that colon."[1]

It has also been used on the blackboard in school rooms to mean "do not erase this work".

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  1. ^ a b c stet. Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 1 October 2007.
  2. ^ British Standards Institution. Copy preparation and proof correction. Specification for typographic requirements, marks for copy preparation and proof correction, proofing procedure. BS 5261-2:2005.