Due to the pressure to publish first, newspapers, magazines, and other media are committing more and more editing mistakes. As a result, many writers and editors are picking up these terrible habits. It’s bad when writers commit writing mistakes in grammar and punctuation. It’s worse when editors miss them. After all, at the top of all editing errors is failing to see what’s wrong. Read on for common writing mistakes that editors should watch out for.
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Writers can make errors but editors will be responsible for it. Very seldom will you hear people say “Author is a bad writer, all those grammar mistakes, and fake sources!” Rather, they’d say “Publication/Company is unreliable for publishing badly edited articles.”
Random Capitalization Editing Mistakes. An article from the New Republic posted on May 2017, bears the title “The Only Good Muslim Is a Dead Muslim”. The title is actually a direct quotation from an anti-Muslim man. The only word left that wasn’t capitalized was the “a” and editors should have corrected it. So, why do these editing mistakes happen?
Ironically, an article also from the New Republic, “How Capital Letters Became Internet Code for Yelling,” discusses how capitals are used for emphasis, as it translates to strong emotions. However, that does not merit the use of random use of capitals in professional publications. Just because it’s a heated topic, doesn’t mean each and every letter should be capitalized. Thankfully, an article from SkyRocket Group reminds writers and editors alike that frequent capitalization is incorrect grammar practice and can hurt your credibility.
Note “Wordy”. The most common editing mistakes are made when trying to keep up with the word count requirement. Some writers will use unnecessary words like when ET Online published on November 2016 how Kaley Cuoco wore a “fitted red corset”. Obviously, corsets are made to fit, so mentioning “fitted” was redundant.
An article from The Atlantic makes a review on other examples of wordy articles. One is from The New York Times that describes the narrow victory of Obama’s health care policy in far too many words. It sounded more like a literary piece than a news report.
Descriptive phrases are common culprits of redundancies. Watch out for phrases like, “white, Caucasian male” or “voluptuous, blonde bombshell” or “dark African American”.
Misspelled Words. The mentioned article from ET also committed another of our common editing errors when a line read “Big Ban Theory.” The show is actually “The Big Bang Theory”. The editor should have been banned for missing those writing mistakes, but maybe he wasn’t a fan of one of the most trending TV series of the millennial generation.
HubSpot also posted an article of fails, which included Valley News getting their own name wrong with “Valley Newss”. This is proof that even pros are prone to editing mistakes.
Punctuations and Contractions. Among all the editing mistakes punctuations is one of the toughest. A BuzzFeed article compiled written fails and among them was a product with the words: “Oh! Boy Syrup”. Who would want to buy syrup made from a boy? If that exclamation point only moved one more word away, it would have been less morbid.
Now, let’s get started on contractions. How many people do you know are still confusing “to” with “too”? Well, an ad for creative kids software (also seen in HubSpot’s post) confused “their” with “they’re” in their line “So Fun, They Won’t Even Know Their Learning.” Not to mention that capitalization is out of control.
Confusing Phrases. Sometimes the words are right but their positions are just wrong. Examples of this can be found in fun-with-words.com, among them is “ENRAGED COW INJURES FARMER WITH AX” As funny as these phrases may be, the joke’s on the editors because it’s their credibility on the line. The main goal of publishing is to deliver a message not for it to get lost.
Poor Choice of Words. An article from ALTA (Australasian Language Technology Association) has a compilation of actual newspaper headlines that are ambiguous. Among them is “PROSTITUTES APPEAL TO POPE”; made confusing by the word “appeal” that could mean “attract” but is also used to “ask” or “entreat”. Word choice is important to lessen these types of editing mistakes.
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