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"Peons of Praise"--The Author Said That

 
 
roger
 
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Reply Thu 29 Apr, 2010 02:29 am
@Roberta,
Just who is writing these books? Rap stars and rockers? It begins to sound like they'll publish anybody with a keyboard.
Roberta
 
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Reply Thu 29 Apr, 2010 03:07 am
@roger,
The spelling is the least of the problems with this book. The whole thing is nothing more than a pile of pretentious hot air. The fact that somebody decided to make a book out of what could easily be one paragraph is incredible. The fact that somebody is willing to publish this claptrap is also incredible--and sad.

oolongteasup
 
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Reply Tue 4 May, 2010 07:14 am
@Roberta,
Quote:
pretentious


portentous
Roberta
 
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Reply Tue 4 May, 2010 11:11 am
@oolongteasup,
oolongteasup wrote:

Quote:
pretentious


portentous


Pretentious
Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2010 12:48 am
The latest, from a manuscript that's not badly written:

Passengers are required to remove their shoes before passing through medal detectors.

Are they giving out prizes for people who don't have holes in their socks?
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Roberta
 
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Reply Mon 11 Oct, 2010 11:45 am
I'm editing a book that is very poorly written. Nothing laughable. Just a stinkeroo. Vagueness. Imprecise language. Feh.

I encountered a place where the organization is so screwy that I had to get away. I must unconsciously and subconsciously ruminate on this. I called a friend. Not home. I figured I could post here. A distraction while I'm ruminating.

Snarling and ruminating in Da Big Apple.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 11 Oct, 2010 12:32 pm
@Roberta,
Roberta wrote:

oolongteasup wrote:

Quote:
pretentious


portentous


Pretentious

Ironic
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Roberta
 
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Reply Tue 22 Feb, 2011 02:35 am
I was editing some short bios that will appear on a DVD.

Someone said, "I graduated with Magma cum Lade."

I said--thud. Unconscious. Couldn't say anything.
roger
 
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Reply Tue 22 Feb, 2011 03:38 am
@Roberta,
So? I graduated with Sam Madson.
Roberta
 
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Reply Tue 22 Feb, 2011 06:22 am
@roger,
You're always bragging, Roger. It's your fatal flaw.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 22 Feb, 2011 08:47 am
@Roberta,
I imagine that whatever that guiy wrote oughta be filled with lotsa funny ****. I take my hat off to him and bestow upon him my prestigeous award for "Creative Spellery".
Its now me, Dave, and this guy.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Tue 22 Feb, 2011 09:04 am
@Roberta,
Quote:
Someone said, "I graduated with Magma cum Lade."

Magma - hot flowing lava erupting uncontrollably
cum - errr, yes... quite
lade - ponetically , lady

so this, in my opinion, describes many graduating students rather well.

what? i didn't have to spell it out? you all got it the first time?
uhhh ok
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Roberta
 
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Reply Tue 22 Feb, 2011 11:15 am
I was thinking about this last night. Why? Because I didn't fix the spelling and move on. I changed it to "graduated with honors." My feeling on the subject was, if you can't spell it, you're not gonna get credit for it here.

Why have I been thinking about this? Because what I did was unprofessional. I imposed my opinion on the situation. I shoulda just fixed the spelling and moved on. Shame on me.
McTag
 
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Reply Tue 22 Feb, 2011 11:40 am
@Roberta,

Is it not the function of editors, sub-editors, and proofreaders to sometimes impose their opinion if the draft needs fixing?
Roberta
 
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Reply Tue 22 Feb, 2011 06:01 pm
@McTag,
Of course, McTag, an editor has to make lots of decisions that involve opinion. Too much, irrelevant, etc. This wasn't one of those cases. I was annoyed and responded to that.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 3 Sep, 2011 12:47 am
I'm editing a math book!! ROFLMAO. Math tests. 100 questions. 100 answers. 100 explanations of the answers. And a bunch of mathy illustrations.

This is a first for me. I've worked on books that contained math. But never an entire book of math.

Why am I amused? Math and moi don't get along.

Fortunately, I don't have to check the answers. I just have to check the numbering, setup, and wording of the questions and explanations. And I have to code it.

It's like editing a foreign language. Hey, they're paying me for this!

I think it's algebra.
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 3 Sep, 2011 01:42 am
@Roberta,
I hope foreign languages pay well?
Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 3 Sep, 2011 01:50 am
@dlowan,
This is not a well-paying field. But I'm getting a reasonable amount for this job.
McTag
 
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Reply Sat 3 Sep, 2011 04:30 pm
@Roberta,

On a Saturday, the Guardian has a column which sometimes mentions the wacky things manufacturers put on labels.

Today, on a stick of shaving soap: "Remove cap and push up bottom".
Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 3 Sep, 2011 09:25 pm
@McTag,
McT, It's a rare day that I don't see a mistake in advertising. I think advertisers are trying to "sound real "rather than be right. Dunno for sure.

I'd offer my services, but I can't stand the BS.
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