Thursday, June 22, 2006

Time for another laugh

That last copy editor cartoon was so popular that I'll offer another, though I don't enjoy this one as much.In an early job interview, I can remember the editor of a paper asking me why I wanted to be a copy editor, and I went on and on about my love of language and obsession with grammar. I threw in that clever "I even edit menus at restaurants." (Cringe.)

I suppose it's better than "Why, we're the last line of defense!" But not much.

5 Comments:

At 4:02 AM, June 23, 2006, Anonymous Matthew Stibbe (Bad Language) said...

I'm not a copy editor but even as a writer I can't put away that mental blue pencil. My favourite days are when I spot a mistake in the Economist. It happens so infrequently that I buy myself a big lunch when it does!

 
At 8:10 AM, June 23, 2006, Blogger x said...

I'm not a copy editor either but I always spot mistakes...restaurant menus, signage, television ads (it happens more than you might think!). The most recent was a sign in a Hooters in Auburn, Ala. "Wednesdays IS..." Yeesh!

 
At 9:57 AM, June 23, 2006, Anonymous Harry Miller said...

I'm interested in what you would say now to the same question at a job interview?

 
At 11:32 AM, June 26, 2006, Blogger Serenity Now! said...

Whaaaat? We're not supposed to say that?

 
At 9:11 PM, July 01, 2006, Anonymous rknil said...

It may take some work to comment about that in an interview today. At one of my interviews, we spent most of the time talking about hairline rules and which ones look the best.

 

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