The proofs of Book of Ed entered the house today. It was quite annoying to find that, after both I and the copy-editor had been through the damn thing with a fine-toothed comb, somebody has made the decision to re-key it, introducing a whole new level of error. One blooper is worthy of posterity I think: I have footnoted the text with things I darkly suspect most people no longer know, such as, for instance, obsolete coinage. The result, re-keyed, was in one case, this:

Pictures were priced in Guiness — that is, units of £1 1s.

It does at least suggest that the note was necessary in the first place … and mind you, Ed being Ed, and not exactly worldly, one wouldn’t be at all surprised to find that he was getting people to pay him in Guinness.

2 Responses to “Proofs”

  1. the tripocal godpapa Says:

    Janey, I am STAGGERED by your sang froid!

    In your place I would be crawling up the walls and howling! I would be gnashing my teeth! I would be pronouncing anathemas and chanting the cursing psalm! I would be hunting down the excommunication quoted in Tristram Shandy and shouting it from the rooftop!

    No fate is too bad for people who re-key things. May their beds and kitchens and bathrooms AND ABOVE ALL THEIR COMPUTERS be infested with ineradicable Twisbies!

    I think you must be a saint. Infinite sympathy!

  2. Jane Says:

    Thanks for the sympathy — it’s the re-keying AFTER COPY EDITING that really adds that special touch.

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