interesting comments on the why of editing. I think it is always important to keep up with the changes in any profession…just sayin’
On Friday, I was talking with a long-time colleague – my mentor in the world of instructional design, which is the other professional hat I wear – over a portmortem lunch for the project whose conclusion has now put us both back, as it were, On The Market.
As part of his we-were-so-lucky-to-have-you speech (which, believe me, the editor or writer on your workforce appreciates beyond rubies, even if it does make them a little embarassed), I got to hear some war stories about my predecessor on this team: an Oxford-educated editor of the Mrs. Badcrumble or Miss Thistlebottom school, who once gathered everyone for an emergency meeting so she could berate them on their grammatical shortcomings – a list that (of course) included a bunch of the old superstitions of grammar nitpickery. A veteran which-hunter, in other words.
This sort of thing is quite bad enough, even though I’ve grown used to being unwillingly…
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