Blue-faced or Bluefaced? Yarn over or yarnover? K tbl or ktbl?

Blue-faced or Bluefaced? Yarn over or yarnover? K tbl or ktbl? The red pen squiggles are the standard #proofreading mark for #closeup; remove the space. While working as a temp at a magazine, doing nothing more challenging than filling up printers and answering calls from advertisers frustrated by mistakes in the ads, something clicked. I did a night course in proofreading, asked the sales agents to run the ads past me before they went to production, and the phone rang less (bonus). The Guardian had always been my Saturday read, and mistakes started leaping out there too. Then came an ad for a subeditor on the paper’ Society section, something several thousand rungs above printer-paper-fetcher. I put my entire being into the application, fluked an interview, didn’t get that job but was given a trial shift, and began my newspaper career. Give me a piece of text to edit and something clicks into place, a kind of vision that spots a rogue double space, odd font or erroneous word order before I really know what’s wrong. Not such a useful skill as midwifery, for example, but it’s what’s in my particular arsenal. I shall now invoke Muprhy’s law: “If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.” #knitter #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #yarnlovechallenge #squaredpaper #myfavourite #proofreader #techeditor

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February 02, 2017 at 02:05PM


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