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August 17th, 2005
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An open letter to the copyeditor of the manuscript I'm working on
Do you own a fucking dictionary? I mean, I know you're a CS person and not necessarily a math person, but don't fucking query me about "parallelepiped" with "parallelpiped correct?" when you can bloody well look in a fucking dictionary or the freakin' Internet.

And, yes, "disjoint" is a word used to refer to sets. Fucking dictionary dot fucking com. No, I don't think "distinct" would be better.

Love,
me

P.S. And, yes, I'm sure the authors must have just mistyped "if" as "iff" 100 freaking times in the book. Thank you so much for just fixing that "error" without making any comment about it.

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From:prog
Date:August 17th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
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From:bitty
Date:August 18th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Oh, beautiful. If only I weren't trying to keep my parents as far away from google as possible...
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From:magid
Date:August 17th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Iff corrected to if? Gah. (Plus the others, definitely.)


Hmmm... a fucking dictionary.
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From:queue
Date:August 17th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
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From:magid
Date:August 17th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Now I'm remembering where I first found the Kama Sutra as a teenager.
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From:hrafn
Date:August 18th, 2005 01:33 am (UTC)
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"iff" corrected to "if"?! *whimper* Dude should not be working on technical editing without fucking knowing it. Geez.
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From:bubblebabble
Date:August 18th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
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will an edited version of this open letter...be making it to somebody in management?

or at least, written and saved without sending, in case this happens again?


And, yes, "disjoint" is a word used to refer to sets. Fucking dictionary dot fucking com. No, I don't think "distinct" would be better.

..."You see, dear copyeditor, 'your patella' and 'your tibia and fibula' are two disjoint sets. How can you tell? Well, your patella, over THERE, and your tibia and fibula, over HERE, have no members in common. No connecting tissue, even! See?"
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From:queue
Date:August 18th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
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"Somebody in management" would be my boss (at a 10-person company, it's hard to think of some group of people as "the management"), and I bring up this stuff at lunch or just wander over to her office to vent, so she's well aware of it. Of course, in another sense, I'm actually the "somebody in management", since I'm in charge of assigning copyeditors. And all I have to do to fix the situation is not send anything to this person again (all of our copyediting is either done by one of the editorial/production people here or is done by freelancers).

This reminds me that one of my organizational tasks to eventually get to is to create a system whereby an editor can enter in comments about the copyediting job someone did, and then have that place be checked before assigning a copyeditor. Comments like "Don't ever use this person again!" or sometimes things like "This person is good for general audience books but not for technical books."
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From:bubblebabble
Date:August 18th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
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How does it feel to have power?
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From:queue
Date:August 18th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
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When I have time to think about it, kind of good, actually. I like that, if an outside person does a crappy job, I can choose not to work with them. As I believe you are seeing, that is not always the case.
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From:bitty
Date:August 18th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)

passing on the earworm 'cause i'm sweetness and light

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