Saturday, July 7, 2007
I've got a dispatch from the trenches; I don't usually do editing work on the weekend, but I was stuck in a spreadsheet all day Friday and didn't get around to my other job. Here's the offending sentence:
I told her it was a credit card and she asked if I had a pin #.
Now, like any good copy editor I know that PIN
stands for Personal Identification Number
, so pin number
is redundant. In a direct quote I want accuracy, period, which is why I didn't touch the ATM machine
in the previous sentence. That's right, I did, and without even a [sic].
I'm fixing this. I can't make direct quotes better, i.e. change history, but it's my job to make writing better and the meaning of the sentence isn't changed by this revision.
I say PIN number
all the time, btw. Who doesn't?
Think reactive, not reactionary