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it's a great life, if you don't weaken
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The Writer at Work: copy-edited manuscripts. *ROLL* in 'em.

Editorial instruction to my really delightful CE:

"allow unusual compound words per author style: see Other Terms for a listing of those that have been retained."

Translated: "Let the author have her lameass fucken joinywords so she doesn't write STET all over every goddamned thing, pls, even though you know and I know how pretentious this all looks. *joint editorial eyeroll* kthxbye!"

I love my editor. *g* I love my job.

I also love the "watch" list, which is a list of naughty homonyms that might trip the typesetter and need to be noted, not terms that the author necessarily misuses:

complement/compliment
discreet/discrete
fairy (pretend) / Faerie (real)
fey/Fae
immoral/immortal
leach/leech
mantle/mantel
silver/sliver/shiver

And then there's the tricky-terms lists. The gees, for example:

geas/geasa
Genius (cap in reference to Patience)
geology
give in to it
glamourie, glamour
God (The Christian God and His personal pronouns)
god, goddess (lc)
goddamned
go n-ithe an cat thú is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat
goose pimples
goosenecked
Gothic
granddaughter
grandniece
grape leaf
green-broke
"Greensleeves"
grown-up
guardposts
gym bag
gyros

I am such a problem child.

And I really, really do love my job. This is so much fun.

Is it normal to get this much of a kick out of a copyedit?
Tags: either your rings or greenmantle or else, the writer at work
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