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When I am Copyeditor General ...: January 2008


Auslandsw├Ârter werden richtig sein

Denkst du, dass diese Plakat auch in Europa gezeigt ist? Oder ist es nur in den Vereinten Staaten, dass niemand auf Deutsch schreiben kann?

Copyeditor General's ruling: If you don't know how to spell Schlussverkauf, you should just admit it. And then find a good German dictionary.


All online content will be proofread first

I know: a lofty goal, to be sure. And it would be wishful thinking on a fantastical level to expect every MySpace comment and blog response to be typo-free.

But it should certainly be true of, say, commercial ad copy posted in, say, Facebook--especially when the ad itself is so vague as to be meaningless:

Did they just finish breakfast or brunch?

Okay, perhaps we can excuse this; plucky online entrepreneurs may be so engaged in the whirlwind of their start-up that they forget to check spelling.

Massively successful, Google-owned video-sharing websites, on the other hand, should have a grammar gatekeeper to check for, say, dangling modifiers:

Copyeditor General's ruling: The Copyeditor General considers herself to be more or less completed already, thankyouverymuch.


Chicken will be victorious

Chicken and steak are approaching the finish line ...

Copyeditor General's ruling: Huzzah!
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