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20 Things Only Editors Understand

20 Things Only Editors Understand

When you spend a good amount of your time going through all kinds of manuscripts and articles, you learn that not everyone shares your passion for proper grammar. Many people feel that creativity and the overall message they want to convey trumps any sort of rules that govern written language, and this is something that drives editors crazy. We tend to be a bit nerdy, sometimes bordering on militant, when it comes to grammar rules, but it’s only because we enjoy our work. After a while your job changes you, so there are plenty of small things that have a big emotional effect on editors, which other people just don’t get. If you are in this line of work, you will definitely understand these little struggles.

1. We have a deep appreciation of commas

Comma

    Most people don’t use them nearly as much as they should, and when they do it’s usually in place of a good old full stop.

    2. We get OCD about checking every little detail over and over

    Sometimes it’s difficult to be sure whether or not you’ve missed a minor mistake, so you get into the habit of checking everything multiple times.

    3. We start to apply our critical eye to real life events as well

    All that attention to detail tends to carry over into regular life, making editors overly cautious and unable to make decisions without double-checking everything.

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    4. We’ve lost count how many times we’ve had to correct simple spelling mistakes like form instead of from

    These may seem like simple mistakes, but they can often change the meaning of the entire sentence, and you have to go back to correct them. After a while, you start feeling like someone is doing it on purpose just to mess with you.

    5. We face-palm every time a word underlined by Word is left uncorrected

    Facepalm

      Hey, we live in a wonderful modern world where programs like Word come with a decent spell check function, and yet some people don’t have the common courtesy to clean up the biggest mistakes that get underlined as they write. It makes you lose faith in humanity a tiny bit at a time.

      6. We become a free editing service for our friends

      You know that wonderful feeling when you’re a bit lonely and a friend calls you up? Well, imagine the disappointment when all they want is for you to do a bit of editing for them. Sure, they’ll owe you one or buy you a drink the next time you go out, but you still end up spending Saturday night in front of the computer.

      7. We end up irritating people because we can’t resist correcting their texts

      When our friends actually ask us to go out for some drinks with them, our editorial instincts take over and we end up correcting their grammar. Quick tip – most people are in a hurry and don’t worry about grammar when texting, so they tend to get very annoyed when you slow down the conversation in order to correct them.

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      8. We cringe every time someone uses further instead of farther

      Cringing

        Seriously, a chill will go down an editor’s spine when he or she hears someone say: ”How much further do we have to go?”.

        9. We have to bite our tongue when our dates make glaring grammar mistakes

        Picture a lovely night out – you’re having dinner with a lovely guy or girl, you’re hitting it off and things are going great. Then, all of a sudden, your date makes a glaring mistake that you feel compelled to correct. However, you’ve had your share of dates get offended by your comments, so you summon all your strength and willpower, and just let it slide.

        10. We call up other editors to discuss funny mistakes

        Oh yes, we simply can’t keep our nerd rage bottled up. We have to share some of the funniest mistakes we come across with fellow editors, and we have some good laughs.

        11. We want to cry when people misuse “per se” while trying to sound smart

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        Vampires per se

          “I don’t believe in God per se, but I am religious” – lines like these will leave me on the verge of tears. If you don’t quite know how to use a word or phrase, you should just leave it alone. It’s safer for everyone that way.

          12. We are here to help you polish up your manuscript, not to ghostwrite it for you

          If someone has a decent manuscript that he or she has gone over a few times before sending it in for editing, then we can point out all the little mistakes and help the writer polish everything up. However, some people will send us an incoherent mess that lacks any semblance of proper structure, expecting us to fill in the blanks. Well, good luck with that.

          13. We look to the heavens, arms raised high, when we see a long and incoherent sentence

          Long, incoherent sentences that stretch on and bombard the reader with unconnected bits of information are the bane of every editor’s existence. They are what happens when a person swears a death oath against full stops, and abuses commas in dark and twisted ways.

          14. We get baffled by people who still try to copy material in the age of copyscape and similar services

          Once in a while you still get the odd plagiarist who has discovered the uncanny power of copying and pasting chunks of text, and thinks he or she can just cobble up a Frankenstein’s monster of an article and slip it past you. We are not even angry at you at this point, dear misguided soul, just slightly baffled and disappointed.

          15. We can’t bear to spend time on social media, lest we go blind with nerd rage

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          twitter grammar

            Too many… incorrectly spelled… words… Grammar, not even once. Must ignore.

            16. We find your lack of grammar skills disturbing, and we don’t think you’re fully aware of that fact

            Take a good look at that sentence. That is how you use “your” and “you’re” properly. See, it’s not that difficult.

            17. We sometimes go with “The Grammar Police” costume for Halloween

            It’s corny and even fairly silly, but we do feel a certain sense of authority, so a Grammar Police uniform seems quite fitting. It’s not like we wear it around the house or while we are editing. Alright we do, but not every day. Hey, at least it’s not a sexy Grammar Police costume.

            18. We want to throw our laptop across the room when we see a word repeated a dozen times in a short paragraph

            IT crowd monitor throw

              Sometimes you can’t really avoid using a particular word several times in a paragraph, but when there’s a particular word popping up in every single sentence then it’s time to throw some synonyms into the mix.

              19. We jump in excitement and pinch ourselves on the rare occasion when we can’t find any big mistakes

              It is rare, but you can sometimes hear editors telling tales of an error free article in a hushed voice. Few have had the pleasure of coming across this mythical beast, but those who do encounter it are said to stare in disbelief, stunned and awed by its glorious appearance.

              20. We will burst into a hate-filled rant upon hearing Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”

              No Alanis, it is most decidedly not ironic, no matter how many spoons you have. That’s just not even close to the actual meaning of… You know what, I’m not even going get upset about it. It’s a stupid song anyway. I hope some of the fellow editors, who share my pain, can at least have a few good laughs while reading this article or perhaps just nod their heads knowingly with a little smile on their face.

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              20 Best Places to Work for a Great Career in 2018

              20 Best Places to Work for a Great Career in 2018

              Looking for a job? There’s no doubt to the fact you will want to work with a company that appreciates you for who you are.

              Well, good news. The labor market today is one that has peened up with more opportunities for advancement and personal employee improvement. This is partly due to the fact that a lot of companies have been made to understand the value of their biggest assets: the employees.

              To wit, here’s a list of companies- across a wide array of industries- that have been able to develop working environments that are healthy and accommodating to workers.

              Take a look at these 20 best place to work for a great career:

              1. Salesforce, San Francisco, California,

                Salesforce is in the information technology business and the company ranks highest due to their commitment to learning and innovation. They are ready to try new things and everyone with a new idea is always welcome to share it at the company. The company has also been known to exhibit an exceptional approach to alignment.

                Find out more about careers in Salesforce

                2. Wegmans Food Markets Inc.,Rochester, New York

                  Based in Rochester, New York, employees have been known to enjoy a sense of purpose from working here. The company has been able to achieve an optimal level of engagement across all working tiers and they’ve been able to achieve great things together. They even do deliveries.

                  Find out more about careers in Wegmans

                  3. Ultimate Software, Weston, Florida

                    Employees get amazing benefits here but that’s not the only reason why this place is so awesome to work. Whenever there is a need or a death of an Ultipeep or any of other family members, the company shows love and support like no other.

                    Find out more about careers in Ultimate Software

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                    4.The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

                      Development is at the center of anything that goes on here. The business is about people and employees are the company’s biggest asset. Employees are able to challenge the status and also leave impacts on clients.

                      Find out more about careers in The Boston Consulting Group

                      5. Edward Jones, St. Louis, Missouri

                        Edward Jones is admired for their ability to acknowledge history without being mired down by it. The company builds on a solid foundation but there is also a level of flexibility that allows for innovation.

                        Find out more about careers in Edward Jones

                        6. Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, San Francisco, California

                          Kimpton is a trendsetter in the hospitality industry. The company always strives to try something different and that perspective is welcomed there at all times. Enjoy the weekends with luxury rooms, conformable mattress, furnished and well dressed service staff. A great opportunity for job seekers.

                          Find out more about careers in Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants

                          7. Workday, Pleasanton, California

                            Newbies will find no issues with feeling welcome and at home here as this has always been a core culture component of the IT giant. Everyone is treated like family and this fosters a sense of oneness.

                            Find out more about careers in Workday

                            8. Genentech, South San Francisco, California

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                              Here, employees are encouraged to be themselves. There is a feeling of care, safety, and acceptance that you get here that you can’t get at many firms. The development of an all-inclusive environment has always been foundational.

                              Find out more about careers in Genetech

                              9. Deloitte, New York, New York

                                Deloitte is one of the biggest professional service providers in the world, noted for their focus on constant learning, development and improvement. They invest in their employees and are concerned about their well being.

                                Find out more about careers in Deloitte

                                10. Baird, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                  Baird is a financial services provide that is known for adopting a “no asshole policy’ which guides the way people relate with and respect each other, regardless of their position on the company’s hierarchy.

                                  Find out more about careers in Baird

                                  11. Quicken Loans, Detroit, Michigan

                                    At Quicken Loans, the views and opinions of everyone are respected and heard. The organization is revered for the amount of investment they put in their team members and everyone looks for ways to grow and be better.

                                    Find out more about careers in Quicken Loans

                                    12. Capital One, Mclean, Florida

                                      Capital One has adopted a culture that encourages employees to take risks and try new things. They foster a healthy work-life balance and associates are challenged to live better lives.

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                                      Find out more about careers in Capital One

                                      13. Cooley LLP, Palo Alto, California

                                        Cooley LLP is a law firm known for their ability to care about the company culture and being able to develop a working environment that is empowering and fun. Cooley is known to go for the best when it comes to their employees, regardless of the occasion.

                                        Find out more about careers in Cooley LLP

                                        14. Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, Ohio

                                          The medical center has been known for their propensity to delegate so much to their employees, thereby providing them with the ability to grow and learn on the job. In the end, you get a workplace that is all-engaging and super fun.

                                          Find out more about careers in Southern Ohio Medical Center

                                          15. American Express, New York, New York

                                            American Express is a firm that celebrates wins, no matter how small. Everyone is made to share the same attitude towards service and the people they are to serve, thereby making people care about what they do.

                                            Find out more about careers in American Express

                                            16. Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, California

                                              The culture at Adobe Systems is one that encourages employees to develop their own ideas and get a strong viewpoint. As opposed to encouraging competition, work-life balance is fostered everywhere here.

                                              Find out more about careers in Adobe Systems Inc.

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                                              17. The Cheesecake Factory Inc., Calabasas, California

                                                The Cheesecake Factory rewards dedication and hard work. Promotions come pretty easy, and there is always space for guidance to develop your experience and skills.

                                                Find out more about careers in The Cheesecake Factory Inc.

                                                18. Sap America, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

                                                  If you’re looking for a new career path, SAP might be the best bet for you. The company is adept at recognizing value and transferable skills. And you can always look for a new path while maintaining your employment.

                                                  Find out more about careers in Sap America

                                                  19. NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, California

                                                    NVIDIA is known for looking after even the smallest of things. With even a “pets allowed” policy this company accepts you for who you are, and helps you to work within your personality. Advancement is also fostered, and you are able to collaborate effectively.

                                                    Find out more about careers in NVIDIA

                                                    20. KPMG LLP, New York, New York

                                                      Communication and progressive collaboration are the foundation of this company’s workforce treatment. Regardless of the level you are, someone is always at the ready to help and the company rewards extra effort with gratitude.

                                                      Find out more about careers in KPMG LLP

                                                      All in all, it’s safe to say that you will be able to find somewhere to apply your skills (whatever they are) that is all inclusive and highly accommodative. Companies today are being made to understand how much they can get when they treat their employees right and this has opened the door to an encouraging work environment for all.

                                                      Happy job hunting!

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