Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Is there an editor in the house?

OK, in the past hour in trolling some sites previously mentioned here I have found:

-- ...that might effect the opinions you express on your blog.
-- ... Horne Radio Network has taken a different tact ...

And numerous others.


There, now I feel better.


At 2/2/05, 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last time I got downsized, from my job as copy chief of a once-proud trade mag, the Vichy editor sent by HQ to preside over the general massacre told staffers trying to argue they should keep me on the following: "Well, I guess we'll all just have to make sure to run the spellcheck, won't we?" #*@&@!! I saw a Web site for a prominent corporation the other day inviting me to "regester" for news updates. Sad.

At 2/2/05, 10:53 PM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

Well, of course. The gods of technology will save all of us, at least all of us except those who can't spell, don't know correct usage, etc. But to too many technocrats, words are like people or widgets -- identical things just to be moved around on the chess board without any clue as to what it's all about. However, I do keep in mind that those examples I cited come from blogs without editors. So it's just a plea to be a bit more careful.

At 2/3/05, 12:26 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Guilty as charged! Though not for the "effect" instance - that one drives me nuts.

It's funny you point it out, because I'm obviously aware of the issue with some usage, because "tact" was ringing in my ears for about an hour after I made the post. That's what I get for attempting to work and blog and work and take conference calls and so on and so forth.

Good looking out, though!

At 2/3/05, 12:48 PM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

Thanks, Tom. Not tryin' to pick on you. I'm doing a presentation for the ACES conference with Nicole Stockdale on editors and blogging, so I'm probably more attuned to such issues right now.

At 2/3/05, 2:13 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Didn't think so at all - I appreciate pointing it out - keeps me on my toes. I do a bit of editing at my real job, and am actually the "native speaker" for my office, so it's helpful to hear it periodically. Feel free to drop an "ugh" whenever =)


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