Word Nerd: Reader, Writer, Copy Editor
I Love Words!
I am a word nerd. I read. I write. I edit.
I'm kind of like Cole Sear, the boy in The Sixth Sense, who sees dead people, but instead of dead people, I see typos.
I see apostrophes where they don't belong.
I see glaring white space where missing periods go.
I see "too" spelled "to," and "underway" used when "under way" is meant. It's a crying shame how often I see "it's" used when the writer meant "its."
Some days it can drive a person crazy. That explains it! This photo is shown larger later in this article. See if you can find the typos in it.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
I worked as a technical editor for
engineering firms for 20+ years and
now edit textbooks for a major publisher.
These clients all want their documents
to communicate clearly and concisely.
Using correct spelling, proper punctuation, and
good grammar communicates every time.
Bring and Take
"You ask people to bring things to you,
and you take things to other people."
The important thing to remember is
where you are (the frame of reference).
Source: Grammar Girl
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I've always loved to read!
And I blog about it at
A Good Book Is Awaiting.
Some of My Language Pet Peeves - They Bugged Me So Much, I Wrote Articles About Them.
- Correct spelling of words -- underway and under way - National Online Publishing | Examiner.com
The correct spelling of words, whether it's online or in print media, is vital. One of the most commonly misspelled, or misused, words in the English language is underway. Under way (2 words) should almost always be used, not underway (1 word).
- Know the most commonly misspelled words - National Online Publishing | Examiner.com
English can be a tough language to get your arms around. There are some words that are tough for everyone. The most commonly misspelled words in the English language can be tricky, but it's not impossible to learn to spell them correctly.
Copy editing isn't something
I do just when I'm being paid for it.
I see misspellings everywhere I go (often in my own writing!). Proofreading your work is as important as writing it in the first place.
The following sign is prominently
displayed at my local post office.
It's riddled with more typos than a ten-gallon hat after a shootout.
Cake Wrecks - See? Whatever your job, you need to know how to spell and to think logically!
This book shows off some stunningly spectacular boo boos written on cakes.
This hilarious book is about cake decorating gone wrong. The cover features a cake that reads:
Best Wishes Suzanne
Under Neat That
We Will Miss You!
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition - A fine dictionary
When in doubt, look it up. Dictionaries are great for all sorts of things.
Pronunciation: The first choice is the preferred way to say a word, such as in the word "often." The preferred way is pronounced without saying the "t." Check here if you want to hear it pronounced both ways.
Spelling: Some words can be spelled different ways. Again, go with the first spelling listed in the dictionary. The word "modeled" can also be spelled "modelled," but that's the second choice so don't use it.
When Copy Editing, Make Sure Messages Make Sense
This one is just plain dumb.
One of the main things a copy editor is supposed to do is make sure the written words make sense.
This sign is a shining example of nonsensical writing, even if it is just a price tag. Sure, there is a penny difference in the price but even to a tightwad like me, that's not a good marketing ploy.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
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