Why Seasoned Copy Editors Are Important

4 Mar


Sometimes spell check just isn’t enough.

10 Responses to “Why Seasoned Copy Editors Are Important”

  1. lettergirl March 4, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Sean totally gets props for alerting me to this little gem.

  2. shaye3 March 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    Would that be something like a Trojan plant?

  3. jelly March 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    Okay, so for the last 15 years, I’ve worked for local government and I think I have typed (or tried to type) the word “public” about 10 million times. Unfortunately, this mistake is SOOOOO easy to make! And then you get paranoid about it, and it seems to happen more and more, to the point where you’re searching your documents before you send them out to make sure the “pubic” isn’t there!

  4. lettergirl March 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    Jelly, in my first job in TV, I had a keyboard where the “O” stuck regularly. And I lived in mortal terror that a when I was typing “County” for a screen chyron, I would end up with “Cunty” instead. I must have caught that right before air a few dozen times!

  5. Sean March 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    You can thank Mario for this one. He alerted me to it, but it was too good to not pass along.

  6. Elle March 5, 2009 at 7:35 am #

    Ooooh, at least my typos only get seen by a few people. hahaha!!!

  7. RJ Flamingo March 5, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    My bane has ever been “gables.” As in Coral Gables. Which always turns out “bagels.” For the better part of 30 years.

    How many times have I read a paper – or even a cookbook – recently and remarked ” Damn! These people need a copy editor!”

  8. ingrid March 6, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    LOL, oh man!

  9. Janet March 8, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    Well, pubic safety does rather demand it’s own centre, otherwise it’d be in the same room as the teapot, and really, how sanitary could that possibly be?

    I want to know what the job titles for the centre are, though… “Inspector of Curlie-Wurlies?” “General of Trims?” “The Brazilian Attache?”

  10. Abigail March 13, 2009 at 1:47 am #

    That is absolutely positively pubiculous.

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