August 2014


Welcome to your co-editors' final offering. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time as co-editors but, after the AGM, Lorna's focus will shift to building up Editors Victoria's social media presence and Kate will be concentrating on her busy freelance career (although she won't be far away if she's needed)!


AGM and Nominations for President and the Committee

The closing date for nominations for President of Editors Victoria has been extended to 8 August 2014.

To encourage nominations for the president and other committee positions, a brief description of the committee organisation follows.


Free Editing Book!

Editors Victoria has been offered a review copy of Elizabeth Manning Murphy's new edition of Effective Writing: Plain English at Work.

If you would like to review this publication for the newsletter, please email us your mailing address.

World Wide (Weird) Web

The comedy singer Alfred Matthew 'Weird Al' Yankovic has taken on some tough customers in his time, including rappers Coolio and Eminem. And though a fan of Al's oeuvre, Sir Paul McCartney apparently refused to allow him to parody 'Live and Let Die' with 'Chicken Pot Pie'.

But when Weird Al recently uploaded his parody of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines', 'Word Crimes', to the youtubes, he obviously didn't realise exactly whom (whom, not who ... or does it really matter?) he was taking on: editors and our ilk. That's right. Al became the man who kicked the hornet's nest.


Typo of the Month: International Edition

Your intrepid co-ed Kate recently travelled to South Korea and Japan, where she photographed some interesting uses of the English language: some call it 'Engrish' (in fact, there's a website), others call it 'BabelFish gone wild'. (To be fair, nothing she saw was as cringeworthy as these tattoos on Westerners.) Kate also captured some typos that are just itching to be corrected: fortunately she managed to restrain herself from defacing anyone's property. Barely.

To begin, some sandwich-bag poetry:




deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.


Dear Ed

dearedDear Ed

How's busy-ness?

Fred Herring