If you don’t know what’s wrong with this picture (or rather, T-shirt) and you intend to write
—a literary masterpiece or a letter to Grandma—you need an editor.
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Now you know when I say I’m getting a new piece … or working on a magazine , I mean of the Smith and Wesson kind. A big thanks to the clever writing at the ONION.
(Photo courtesy of Arvind Grover
I was reminded again how useless those weekly spelling tests were – and how insignificant an editor’s contribution can be:
I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
I’m always amazed that you’re and your get so confused with each other. They’re as different as .. well … they’re and their – which also gets abused in the English language.
I’ve marked up student essays and writers’ manuscripts in big, bad RED ink until I’m BLUE in the face, but to no avail. Perhaps Mac Lethal’s YouTube video rap can get the point across!
(Warning! Some of the language – while grammatically correct – is not rated PG.)