Many of you have seen me write “stet” on your reports, briefings, articles, etc. in connection with an edit or a proofing change. And most of you have asked what to do with the correction. The answer is, ignore the change.

Stet (sometimes in all caps) is not an abbreviation; it is Latin. It is the third person singular present subjunctive of stare, to stand. In short it is an instruction to leave the original as is, or “let it stand.”