At the end of last month Postmedia Network, Canada’s largest newspaper publisher, announced layoffs that targeted copyeditors. The next day, Canada’s National Post published a crossword puzzle that was completely filled in.
This is publishing terrorism at its worst. Clearly copyeditors have a vicious, violent
temperament ready to explode in nuclear bloodlust at the slightest provocation. Here´s
some other wild, wicked and sadistic tricks your copyeditor might pull on you if you aren´t
- Ignore a request to reword an awkward sentence–and a devilish, scheming copy editor might spell out all the numbers in your manuscript. (Oooh, that’s bad!)
- Complain about heavy editing–the revengeful copy editor might replace the preferred spelling of a word with the accepted second choice. (That’s just mean!)
- Forget to fill in all the required bibliographic data–the fiendish copy editor could allow your inconsistent capitalization of “garden of Eden” to stand. (Clearly outside the bounds of all that we call sacred in our civilization!)
What other unconscionable acts of random ungrammaticality can you think of that copyeditors might launch?
Now you know: Hell hath no fury like a copyeditor scorned. So if you don’t want to be responsible for triggering someone going editorial, remember: Don’t tick off your copyeditor.