Editor’s Diary: Having A Word!

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I’ve written before in this Editor’s Diary about Team Tuesdays.

After two long years of working exclusively from home, we’re all enjoying being back in the office every Tuesday.

It’s a chance to meet up face to face, exchange news and share knowledge and skills. And go out for pizza!

This Tuesday was extra special as we had a new team member to welcome. Beth has just joined the production team as a trainee sub-editor. And this Team Tuesday, she met all her new colleagues for the first time.

We also enjoyed a very interesting presentation on the work of the production team given by Production Editor Judey. That was a coincidence! At the time it was arranged, we didn’t know when Beth would be starting.

But it gave her the perfect introduction to her new role, and was helpful for other team members who have joined us in recent times, too.

As part of her presentation, Judey shared her “pet hate” clichés which she removes from stories and features whenever they dare to appear! Which got us all talking about our own linguistic pet hates . . .

I am a self-confessed pedant so have too many peeves to list here. Suffice to say they include switching tenses, hanging clauses and the inaccurate use of “literally”!

Everything is iconic!

Today, I discovered yet another to add to my personal list. Have you noticed how everything has suddenly (but definitely not literally) become “iconic”?

A song came on the radio today while I was approving the last few pages of our gorgeous new “The Magic Of Christmas” publication.

The DJ introduced it as having “one of the most iconic intros ever”. But did it? It was “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by the Who.

Now it’s a great track and has been voted one of the top 500 rock songs of all time. Does it, however, really have the characteristics of an icon? I think not.

Rant over! However, I can feel a new instalment in our popular “Grammar Guru” spot coming on . . .

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Angela Gilchrist

Angela is Former Editor-in-Chief of “The People’s Friend” magazine. Her passions include cats, Highland ponies, good books, vegetarian food and long walks in the Scottish countryside. Her favourite place to get away from it all is the magical Isle of Skye.