Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Why we do what we do
If you want reinforcement in why what we do as editors, especially copy editors, is important -- especially the next time someone asks what difference does it make if we use something incorrectly as long as it's understandable -- I commend to you Paula LaRocque's latest column in Quill: "Communicators should be careful to get it right: Our mistakes set the tone for how language is used." To briefly quote: "Being a proficient communicator means using with precision and grace the communicator's only tool -- the language. Excellence is always threatened by the illogical, inaccurate or banal." Here's the link to Quill. Unfortunately, as of this posting, the latest issue hasn't gone online.

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