No, really. I’m not. Not outwardly, not inwardly. Promise.
The Old Editor Says … Edit to live, don’t live to edit.*
It’s not your job to correct other people’s speech. It’s not your job to correct menus or public signage. It’s not your job, however much it may appeal to you as an avocation, to be a self-important, officious, pedantic, uninvited proscriber.
Your job is, when invited, for pay or pro bono, to examine texts submitted to you and make them conform to the standards of accuracy, clarity, and precision appropriate to the subject, the audience, and the publication. That ought to be enough.
—John E. McIntyre, from his book THE OLD EDITOR SAYS: MAXIMS FOR WRITING AND EDITING © 2013
* I keep telling y’all this. So relax!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”