Monday, October 11, 2010

The value of meticulous copy editing

Meticulous copy editing is valuable. It is especially valuable when the copy is intended to be prominent and permanent; for example, this large metal sign outside the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), in North Adams, Massachusetts.

The word everyday is incorrect here. It is an adjective meaning ordinary, routine or commonplace. What is needed here the adverbial phrase every day, meaning each day.

The Takeaway: When the copy is intended to be prominent and permanent, take a second look while you’re copy editing. Look up any word or phrase you are not absolutely sure of. And, if the final form of the copy is someone else’s responsibility, be sure to proofread that person’s work.

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