[lit-ideas] Re: grades & kleenex/Editor Disease

  • From: Teemu Pyyluoma <teme17@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 23:43:31 -0700 (PDT)

I used to work at a translation company. There were
something like two hundred of us in the building and
the result was that any piece of writing visible in
the building - warnings on the elevator, signs,
cafeteria menus - were full of little red notes.

I suppose that professional writers consider the
general sloppiness evident in everyday writing as
something of an insult to their profession. I know
they took even the most mundane coffee machine manual
translations very seriously, and often the
translations were of considerably higher quality than
the originals.

Helsinki, Finland

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