In my copyediting class, we’ve been talking about the Typographic Oath, a list of 10 commandments I wrote to guide copyeditors in their work. My students are enthusiastic about it (think of that what you will), but the first rule—“Do no harm”—worries them.
Regular readers know that I’ve been developing an editorial method, The Copyeditor’s Typographic Oath, that all copyeditors can follow, no matter what types of manuscripts we edit.
It’s not a new idea. From time to time, some smart copyeditor will develop a set of rules we can follow to produce clear, correct copy. The Editorial Eye produced this list more than three decades ago:
Summer is a great time to catch up on articles we’ve missed during the busy times. Whether you’re relaxing at home or enjoying a quieter office, catch up on your reading with these previous Tips of the Week.
We’ve covered a lot of topics in the Tip during 2011. We looked at grammar and usage rules, of course, but we also talked about being a copyeditor and what that means in the face of all the changes in publishing and what we can do to keep our skills sharp. Below are some of the most popular Tips from this past year. If you missed any, here they are again for your reading pleasure.