Category Archives: Editor’s Cut

Musings about our language

Vivian Bullwinkel, Fairfield’s matron of honour

PRO HUMANITATE, ‘in the service of humanity’, is the motto of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps. Lieut. Col. Vivian Bullwinkel (pictured left) exemplified this principle to become one of the best-loved and respected nurses of her time. Rejected by … Continue reading

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Sing the praises of the unsung editor

I love Twitter.  It’s so addictive.  There’s so much going on, and at such a speed that the more folks you follow, the more tweets you will miss, but there’s always one you’re so glad you caught. (Just as there’s … Continue reading

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A load of old cobblers

What an amphigoric load of old cobblers there is in the dictionary! Some of the malarky, like flapdoodle, codswallop, kybosh and balderdash, have but the terse definition ‘nonsense’, ‘rubbish’ or ‘idle chatter’, with no or doubtful provenance; others, like bunkum, gammon … Continue reading

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ISBN – It Sure Beats Neglect

Are you contemplating self-publishing? ( If you aren’t, as my photographer/ lecturer colleague André Elhay would say, ‘Feel for a pulse!’)  But if you’re still ticking all the boxes, it’s a safe bet that you’re also puzzling about the pros … Continue reading

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Editors sacrificed on the bottom line

I have just been reading that blog of blogs, The American Editor, like a digger panning for gold.  Sure enough, before very long I caught the gleam of a kindred soul. This is what I read:  “…it worries me what … Continue reading

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Literally bending over backwards

  I wouldn’t have wanted to be an editor if I wasn’t passionate about language and clarity of communication.  It hurts me to see words that have a particular meaning used in a way that makes no sense.  It’s not … Continue reading

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An Editor’s Pain in the ‘S

If you’re feeling crook, the last thing you should do is look on the Internet to decide what you’re suffering from.   On the other hand, if you ignore all the advice, it might well be the last thing you do. … Continue reading

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