You sometimes hear copy editors say: “If you could only see the things we do catch, you would understand how a few errors still slip into publication.” Readers, of course, never see what was corrected at the last minute. They only read what ends up in print or online.
by John Robinson, editor of the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C., offers some examples of good catches. Copy editors there stopped a variety of errors of spelling and fact, including the dreaded “pubic/public” glitch.
The column’s headline is “In appreciation of copy editors.” The copy editors at the News & Record most certainly appreciate Robinson’s kind words.
You can see other mistakes caught by copy editors at Why Editing Matters.