Editor Afloat

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I was sent a link to some job offers yesterday by a friend who thought I might be interested in them. The ads, that is, not the jobs. These offers were listed, ironically, under Proofreaders Needed. No kidding! (These are actual quotes, I couldn’t make this stuff up! Names have been redacted for privacy purposes.)

[Company Name] reguraly does business with multiple Federal Agencies. Most Federal Agencies require, for security purposes, that all employees are U.S. citizens…

Okay, I’m scared. These people are contracted by our government? Yikes! Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon (c. 1633 – 1685) believed that a low code of morals was necessarily followed by a corresponding degradation in literature. Or maybe it’s the other way around?

Don’t want to work for the Feds? How about this one?

Those seeking permeate employment please do not apply.
Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00. Candidate will need to have
knowledge of AP style guide and Chicago style…

I would never apply just because I have no clue how to be a ‘permeate’ employee.  In the first example, a spell-checker would have saved the day. The error in the second example wouldn’t have shown up in the spell-checker results. That mistake is purely, wrong word, wrong place. Takes that ol’ “second set of eyes” to catch a word that doesn’t belong. When writing a piece, put the words all down and then walk away for a day or two. Returning to your project fresh will help you catch this type of error.

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Author: The Editor Afloat

The Editor Afloat provides proofreading and editing services for the written word. The name comes from the NCIS designation for a Special Agent assigned to a vessel, "Agent Afloat". I live on-board and work from my boat. That makes me an Editor Afloat!

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