« For Writers: Promoting Your Book; Is There Any Point? | Main | Tech Tips: Two Chores Made Easy »

12/12/2012

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

EditorMark

Spot on, Carol.

DDreeuws

Love this!

Ebrenner

Sing it, sister!

Richard A Solomon

Look only for trees and you might miss the forest.

Apps 55753818692 1673506752 E7d0f159c4adc94fb72d8b2b51ed79c0

Exactly! When I introduce myself and tell a person that I am an editor and the response I receive is, "Oh, so you fix grammar," I respond, "Yes, and..." and at that point I see the eyes glaze or look away, that person has been molded by the sticklers, and all I do as a profession is correct grammatical errors.

Mrsfringe.wordpress.com

Love this post, and I'm not an editor! So glad Great Proofreading linked it.

ChrisSturhann

Awesome. Worked as editor, proofreader, etc. most of my adult life. Not vain/dishonest enough to pretend I never miss anything. I can always spot them (when it's too late to change). I work on technical material, and it's possibly worse there. We don't really understand the material, so we lose ourselves in grammar, style, and so on. We'd do a much better job, if we could worry less about the trivialities of grammar/style and more about what's actually being said.

Patricia Boyd

A friend copyediting a novel for a self-publishing author told him that since the story was set in the 1950s, the protagonist would not have pulled out a cell phone in the bar. "Just stick to spelling and grammar," he told her. Some people truly fail to understand our function (or cannot take criticism!).

Lingocode

I totally agree.

I get frustrated by poor attention to spelling and grammar, but in most cases, this is matched by errors in translation (I am a translator and occasionally review the work of others) and other sloppy errors. That is more of a concern.

I also only ever comment on errors privately, if at all. I hate one-upmanship.

I agree with your choice of they. Those arguments also frustrate me, however yes, that is usually due to people failing to think about the social effect of words, or check authoritative sources...

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

My Photo

Moonlight Blogger

Become a Facebook Fan

Guest Artists