My friend Susan and I chat via our fabulous Yahoo Messenger daily, while we’re editing away. I met Susan a million years ago when we both worked in-house as editors for the company that I now freelance for. Now, we’re both freelance copyeditors, and thank God we have each other! Otherwise, this job would’ve made both of us insane by now (well, maybe we ARE insane, but at least we have each other!).
Anyhoo, Susan and I chat constantly while we’re working, and we “vent” to each other about common mistakes we see in our papers time and time again… each of us has certain things that really get under our skin.
For example, Susan’s no. 1 peeve while editing is when she sees “drug regiment” instead of “drug regimen.” Really, it sends her over the edge… luckily, she has me there to talk her through it. She owes her life to me. lol.
Maybe I should stop here and point out that, as a copyeditor… especially a copyeditor who works with electronic files… you EXPECT to correct a type-o every now and then. It happens… to the best of us. But, there are lots of things that Susan and I see on a daily basis, like “drug regiment,” that I don’t believe are honest typing errors. No, Dr. Whatshisname, PhD, didn’t accidentally hit that “t” key. He really THINKS the word is “regiment.” This makes a huge difference… to us, anyway.
Today, I realized MY no. 1 editing peeve… and I realize it’s something that most people just honestly don’t KNOW. So, I’m sharing the knowledge with all of you because I really WANT the world to catch on, and well, you have to start somewhere.
May I present you with the term “Web site.” I promise… that really IS correct. It’s not “website” or “Website,” although I’m betting that 90% of the world thinks it is (just based on how many times I see it written incorrectly in the articles I edit, not to mention in e-mails and on message boards, etc.).
I found this fascinating piece of information in one of my many “style guides” years ago, when I was an in-house editor. I committed it to memory, for some reason, and it’s driven me crazy ever since when I’ve seen it written the wrong way.
If you don’t believe me, just go to the Merriam-Webster Web site and type it in their little search box. You can even type the incorrect form (like “website”) and it will prove my point… it’s Web site. Really. I wouldn’t mislead you.
And now that I’ve shared that bit of knowledge with the world (or, rather, all FIVE of my readers), I will sleep better tonight. Class dismissed.