Editing is NOT Nitpicking

 

Editing is so much easier today!
Editing is so much easier today!

Submitted by Gina Burgess

I received this from friends at Pro-Edit. This is another reason why a different pair of eyes needs to edit your work. I was a newspaper editor, and these kinds of gaffes are so easy to make when you are focused on quickly getting the story out, or trying to make a deadline. Authors can easily get pushed against a deadline as well. Anyway…

Headline Hilarity

Cumming, GA – December 16, 2013 – Just one more editorial review might have saved these headline blunders. But then again, their gaffes are our laughs!

Enjoy these funny headlines.

  • Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
  • Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
  • Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
  • Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax
  • Farmer Bill Dies in House
  • British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands
  • Teacher Strikes Idle Kids
  • Miners Refuse to Work after Death
  • Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
  • War Dims Hope for Peace
  • If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
  • Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
  • Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
  • Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
  • Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge
  • New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
  • Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
  • Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
  • Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy
  • Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
  • Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
  • Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Source: http://www.plainlanguage.gov/examples/humor/headlines.cfm

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4 thoughts on “Editing is NOT Nitpicking”

  1. I actually see editing as nitpicking in a very good sense. After all, anyone who has head lice (Eeek!) must appreciate the value of a nitpicker!

  2. Editing is like weeding. In a beautiful, or would-be beautiful garden, there are bound to be weeds.
    Although it is hard work, we get rid of those unwanted growths, despite how good they may appear.
    We do the same in editing.

  3. Very true Frances! Weeding certainly produces a beautiful garden… and pruning certainly helps trees, bushes, and flowers to be healthy and beautiful. 🙂

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