July 2017

Upcoming Dinner Meetings

AGM and Trivia Night

Yes, we'll have business to discuss, but then we'll reward ourselves – and the most trivially minded – with the return of trivia! Come as a team, come on your own, come and help shape your organisation for the future (and win prizes!)

Thursday 17 August
6pm (for 6.30pm); dinner to be served at 6:45pm
Members free of charge, affiliate members $32, non-members $40
CQ Functions, 113 Queen St (cnr Lt Collins St), Melbourne
More info and register at the MEMNET portal
Bookings close Monday 14 August


Editors Victoria Training Courses

Proofreading: Intermediate
with Susan Keogh
Saturday 8 July
10.30am–4.30pm Centre for Adult Education (CAE), 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Regular fee (bookings close 12 noon Monday 3 July): $225 (members and affiliates) $337.50 (non-members)
More info and register at the MEMNET portal.

Get Social

We’re very close to 1000 likes on our Facebook page, and that’s all helped by your likes, comments and shares on our posts. This month, our post on what the New York Times copyeditors need to do to keep their jobs had the greatest reach – the glimpse into the future (or not) of editing seemed to touch a nerve.

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Etymology: Jeremiad

When recently asked what jeremiad means, I was all ready to wax lyrical about large bottles of champagne but luckily stopped just in time. I was thinking of a jeroboam, a three-litre wine (or champagne) bottle, that falls between the magnum (two litres) and the rehoboam (four and a half litres).

But a jeremiad is a different thing altogether: it’s a long mournful complaint, perhaps a literary work, a sermon or a simple list of woes. Jeremiad comes to us from the French jérémiade, after the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, who was prone to a good lament.


World Wide Web: More Editors in Action

I noticed a couple more events at Writers Victoria being held by our fabulous, multi-talented Editors Victoria members:

Typo of the Month

Not an actual typo but still wrong. I guess ‘Some things under $79’ didn’t sound as catchy.