July 2012


I begin this newsletter by signing off. This is my last month on the Editors Victoria committee and my last newsletter as co-editor. It's hard to believe it has been only two years - there has been so much to do and learn, and there will be so much to miss: the hard-working and supportive committee, and the fun and dedicated newsletter team (Mel, Maja, Dear Ed, Nonie), not to mention coming across tidbits of content, typos, editing stories and thinking, “Should I put that in the newsletter? Oh, I am definitely putting that in the newsletter.” I'm sure I'll still do the latter: it's going to be hard to let go in many ways, but I look forward to seeing where my co-editor Melanie Sheridan and her new partner take the newsletter - as I sit back, relaxing while no longer producing a publication for editors (you are an intimidating audience!).


Strine Review

This is my third encounter with Strine.

My first encounter was when I was 12. I read Let Stalk Strine but missed most of the humour because I hadn't realised it was based on spoken Australian English and meant to be read aloud; I even thought Afferbeck Lauder was the author's real name. (It still sounds vaguely Norwegian or Scottish, but say it aloud three times and it becomes. . . Alphabetical Order.)


Perth Conference Crosses Borders

What Are Editors?

Editors are trained, skilled and practised in more than correcting spelling and punctuation. Editors make sure the message is clear; they shape and direct ideas; they structure work so that it flows; they perfect grammar and syntax, polish language and check consistency.


Freelance Lunch

An intrepid bunch of 11 freelance editors braved the bleak Melbourne winter weather to get together for lunch on 21 June. Everyone agreed it was worth the effort of leaving the desk to catch up with fellow editors. The venue was Booktalk Cafe on Swan Street, Richmond, which provided a warm and dry environment for people to catch up with friends and make new ones.

The next freelance lunch will be held later in the year. Venue suggestions - or even alternatives to lunch - are most welcome. Contact Fran at freelance@editorsvictoria.org.

Typos & Funnies of the Month

Fatal prospects for Aries during the transit of Venus, from the news.com.au entertainment section.



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.


If you were born in the Middle Ages and were freelance by occupation, on the offer of a new job you'd be taking up not your red pen, but your lance.


Strine Won!

Last month we ran a competition for Strine, Text Publishing's reissue of Afferbeck Lauder's writings on the fine delivery of the English language in this country (check out our review in this issue).


Style Counsel

Gotten or got?


Welcome, Christina

Please join us in welcoming Christina Ratcliffe to the newsletter team; this month's and future issues will benefit from her keen proofreading eye.


Vale, Carolyn Pike

We were greatly saddened to hear of the recent death of Queensland-based freelance editor Carolyn Pike. Her partner, Tony Cuthbertson, advised us that Carolyn passed away suddenly while working on their boat in Fiji.