spot the typo
- through the enactment of 236 laws and more than 8,600 local statues
- a muse house with a beday in the bathroom
- Now bake for 3540 minutes
- the chaos of battle: the canons, gas attacks and shrapnel
- Use an eclectic whisk to combine the ingredients.
- This hansom corner plot offers a versatile duel aspect
- rescue kit should include a bum dressing
- HR manager responsible for the conflict of employment
- best to give him a wide birth
- be at the fairy terminal some time around 6
- the lunatic fridge
- an insulting layer in a building’s fabric
- to trash out the logistics for the training
- nor do we do it on propose
- those who lived pubic lives
- the gathering of manna in the dessert
With thanks to eagle-eyed members of the SfEP Forum.
like an editor…
Like a bridegroom, an editor carries a first-time author across the threshold from school-taught theory to book-form execution. First-time authors, until then, have read as consumers, oblivious of the conventions of publishing. Who had noticed that the first paragraph of a chapter is not indented, or that ’20th century’ is not capitalised? Who knew the flexibilities of convention? What first-time author comes with a clear idea of their own style-sheet?
Thereafter, like a chaplain, the editor provides sympathy and confidence, a listening ear and a reassuring word, neither criticising nor preaching. Seeing the half-formed body, the naked face, they must be the soul of discretion.
The author must strum the tune, while the editor hums passively, like a sounding board, bringing out the notes.
The author is the psychiatric patient, and the editor is the friendly janitor, with bucket and mop, cracking apt jokes as he swabs the padded cell.
The author is the marathon man, making all the running, only aware of the editor when an arm pops out of the gathering gloom near the finish.
Unlike a coach, an editor does not say how things should be done. The editor does not pick the author for the first eleven, or tell the author which strong points to emphasise, or decide the formation of play, or design the training sessions.
Unlike a teacher, an editor does not pretend to be perfect. Editors know that their own work needs checking. Rather than put lines through text, they ask the author’s intention. They stand ready, even delighted, to drop their own ideas, in the face of creative conviction.
Editors know what makes an author tick, but authors do not fathom editors. Since the author pays the editor, he can never be sure what the editor thinks. Flattery is always around the corner.
Likewise, because authors come and go, and one editor may look after many authors, the editor resists involvement in the author’s little crises.
But if they are lucky, editor and author will grow to trust each other, and even achieve a mutual admiration.
with thanks to Fergus Dunlop, self-published author of Borderline Pass
“Atypical” is a series of posters exploring form and rhythm of letters or pseudo-letters presented as half-realistic, half-illustrative figurative paint sculptures
The magic of letters produced in fabric by Kathleen Loomis; a gallery worth clicking through
answers to spot the typo
Corrections in italics:
‘Good editors are heroes in a world of civilians. Treat them well.’
Louise Harnby’s blog for editors and proofreaders with information, advice, opinion, resources and general all round usefulness to the business of editorial freelancing
GRAMMAR PURITY IS ONE BIG PONZI SCHEME is a well-articulated challenge to grammar reactionaries posted on the Literary Hub blog (July 2018). Do you agree with the sentiments?
Do you know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it? Have a go at Sheffield Uni’s fun quiz on plagiarism and referencing.
do you know your txt slang?
Some of these are in common use – some ought to be:
AFAIK as far as I know
CIH come in handy
FLA four-letter acronym
GIYF Google is your friend
HTH hope this helps
RLF run like f***
RTFM read the f***ing manual
tl;dr / TLDR / tldr too long;didn’t read (known as teal deer on a knitting forum)
TLA three-letter acronym
TMI too much information
TP toodle pip
TTYL talk to you later
YMMV take your pick: you make me vomit; your mileage / method / market may vary
with thanks to SfEP Members‘ Forum
Want to look up more? www.acronymfinder.com
'i have been ...
I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.
I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.
I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.
I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.
I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.
Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.
One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!
I may have been in Continent, and I don’t remember what country I was in.
It’s an age thing.
with thanks to Anon
Lebanese typographer Nadine Chahine on why Arabic needed some new fonts – fascinating and linear