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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Therapy for Sub-Editors

Ah, yes, I almost forgot - the mental health dudes suggested I send out an e-mail with a deliberate typo in (they did have a good reason for what may seem like a strange recommendation).

I managed to convince them that I couldn't really do that for work, seeing as I have a job on the basis of being obsessive compulsive about language, but eventually agreed to send an e-mail to a friend which contained a deliberate typo. It was painful, let me tell you. I'm sure Taxloss and Fizzwhizz can understand the discomfort caused.


  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger Taxloss said…

    I sympathise. I suppose it's not in the spirit of the thing to choose a word with ambiguous or UK/American spelling, such as sympathise/ize.

  • At 5:49 PM, Blogger Fizzwhizz said…

    ha ha ha yes I fully sympathise but as you may have noticed from my blog posts and comments I am a dreadful typist and generally not bothered about mistakes appearing in my non-work writing.... however I do check the spelling and grammar of my emails when I've been working for a few days, you just get in the habit of it don't you. I couldn't bring myself to send an email with an incorrect usage of "less" or "fewer", for example.
    and also when I'm talking I sub my own grammar as I go along which can confuse people when I say things like "the bus I came to work on, sorry, hang on, I mean the bus on which I came to work, was really busy, and it didn't used to, I mean used not to, be like that, there was always way less, um, there were much fewer, people on board".
    it's coz my mum, and bless her for this because it's stood me in good stead for a successful career in apostrophe-mongering, used to correct my grammar when I was a kid.
    God forbid I do it to other people though coz that's really annoying.
    anyway good luck with the typos, but really, those Maudsley people do seem to be taking things a little too far - one must maintain some standards, if only as a futile attempt to lead the plebian hordes by one's example.

  • At 6:07 PM, Blogger Sundried said…

    Meany Maudsley I'm saying! That's some tough love. Well done for getting through it...

  • At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ah, Taxloss - I hadn't thought to use a word with debated spelling! Dammit. That woulda been a good get-out. But, yes, sadly, I don't think the mental health dudes would have been happy with it.

    Fizzwhizz - I do the correcting grammar while I speak thing too. And I do occasionally worry that I'm the only person I know who has a tendency to speak like some kind of grammar textbook. I have to confess I had a phase of correcting other people while in school, but I've got over it, thank God, cos you're right - it is immensely annoying.

    Yeah, they go for the cruel-to-be-kind thing do the Maudsley, Sundried, it's true. I try to place the mental emphasis on the "to-be-kind" part but, honestly, when they asked me to send out the e-mail with typos, I did say: "Please don't make me send an e-mail with typos!" in quite a heartfelt fashion. It's amusing: it's the only thing I've ever asked them to not ask me to do. Shoes on bed, no complaint. But spelling error in e-mail, and I'm there begging them for mercy. Which, in their defence, would seem to indicate that my language accuracy thing is a tad obsessive :)


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