On the Other Hand, Being a Technical Editor, I May Not Necessarily Understand Them All

I was talking today to a fairly new coworker from another department, telling her a little about the book I’m almost done editing, and she asked me, “So do you read every word?”

Good lord. I’ve never gotten that one before and I didnt have an answer handy. But I resisted the temptation to say what came to my mind first: “Some of them twice.”

(That’s the classic booklover’s response when someone looks around and says, “Gee, have you read all these books?” But the truth is that I will have read every word in this book many more than two times by the time I’m done.)

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One thought on “On the Other Hand, Being a Technical Editor, I May Not Necessarily Understand Them All

  1. OMG, I’m relieved you weren’t talking about me (new co-worker but in your department). Anyway that’s really funny. Another response could be “every other word.” That will leave them stumped. :)

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