Re: what to look for in a Tech Editor

Subject: Re: what to look for in a Tech Editor
From: "Karen E. Black" <kblack_text -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 06 May 2003 12:17:12 -0400

Dick Margulis wrote:
> Formal grammar learned from an old battle-axe in junior high or high

"Mike O." says:
I was lucky to meet my particular battle-axe in the seventh grade <snip>

I escaped from my battle-axe in Grade 8 -- I was misassigned to a class that was practically remedial, and I'd been in accelerated English since Grade 3. Didn't learn grammar then...

I bet the best textbooks on English grammar are not written in English,
but are written for non-English speakers wishing to learn English.

Many are written in English for non-English speakers and for their ESL teachers. I learned grammar when I was over 25 so I could teach it to my first-language-is-not-English students (for many, English was their third, fourth or fifth language). I then used it to tutor university undergrads, grads and post-grads at a writing clinic.

BTW, I believe a good technical writer is a vocal end-user advocate.

Karen Black in Toronto, uses grammar books to win arguments and influence people

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