Monday, 3 August 2009
The problem with press week
The first week of every month means only one thing – mindless, repetitive reading. Something like 90 editorial pages must be scrutinised for the tiniest inconsistency or mistake. After a while your brain fails and you find yourself reading the same sentence over and over, until a little bit of drool escapes the corner of your mouth. The smudged ink making crazy patterns in the growing pool of saliva is often the only thing that can break the spell… that, or lunch. What such an incessant focus on grammar, syntax and editorial consistency does is ratchet up your intolerance for even the slightest error in the wider world. I have become a person that tuts audibly and rolls their eyes at the sight of a misplaced apostrophe on a shop sign. But the thing that makes me want to smash my car into a crowd of pedestrians on the off chance that one of them does this, is when lose is spelled with an extra ‘o’. It’d be worth the jail time.