October 2019

Training upcoming

by Jane Fitzpatrick AE

Exciting new course open for bookings:

Hands-on Thesis Editing
with Mary-Jo O’Rourke AE

Date: Saturday 9 November 2019
Time: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Bookings close: 5 November 2019


Are you keen to edit postgraduate theses but don’t know where to start?
Are you already editing theses but find the process formidable and your role opaque?

This course will expand your knowledge and improve your practical skills in appraising and editing theses, applying relevant standards and dealing with postgraduate students (and universities) as clients.

The half-day workshop will cover:

• the nature of thesis editing and the limitations
• the IPEd Guidelines for thesis editing, ASEP, university and academic styles
• client issues particular to thesis editing
• fee structures and appraising theses for quotes
• typical aspects of editing research theses.

The course is aimed at editors who have at least basic editing, technical and business skills, whether or not they currently edit theses. Participants will enhance their understanding of what is involved in thesis editing through practical exercises and group discussion.


Mary Jo ORourke October newsletter


Mary-Jo O’Rourke is an Accredited Editor and long-term member (and former committee member) of Editors Victoria and IPEd. She has been loving freelancing for almost twenty years since quitting academia. Among a diverse academic and general editing portfolio, she has edited close to 200 theses. She greatly enjoys the contact with students, the process of thesis editing and the personal learning that always accompanies it: she is now a whiz at trivia.






Etymology: Echidna

by Giovanna D’Abaco

Echidna: how did this naming come to be? This friendly creature was named according to its not-so-friendly-looking characteristics. According to the Macquarie Dictionary (https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/blog/article/607/), it’s commonly thought to be derived from the Greek word ekhidna meaning "viper" (representing the serpent-nymph in Greek mythology) and was so called because its tongue resembled that of a snake. An alternative theory is that the name may be derived from the Latin echinus and Greek ekhinos: "sea-urchin", originally "hedgehog" (in Greek also "sharp points").

Looks can indeed be deceiving …

Giovanna D’Abaco is a freelance life science editor and member of the communication subcommittee.



World Wide Web

by Bridget Blair AE

Of all the blog posts we shared on our Facebook page this month, here is the one that got the most reactions – a rundown of the 12 most popular grammar (and style) questions and answers on WritersDigest.com, including which vs that, into vs in to and people vs persons: https://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/questions-and-quandaries/grammar/12-most-popular-grammar-questions-and-answers?fbclid=IwAR0OrfB6Z1iz5JPAAk162pWCX2tt8yobsTWrOQOMSmXHWrbcxs_3YTXzzLU. It seems editors are keen to keep on top of grammar tips!

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Bridget Blair is a freelance editor and Communication Officer. www.linkedin.com/in/bridget-blair-887480b7



Typo of the month

Look at what was spotted at a departure lounge at a domestic airport recently. Our spotter must not have been the only one who did a double-take on noticing the glaring error on the flight information display: "dealy" instead of "delay". 

Need a quality control editor on the job?

On the funny side, it probably took the edge off travellers' frustrations ...