Demonstrating Why the World Needs Copyeditors (Lol!)

Thank you, madam teachers union president!

A teachers union president in Virginia sent out a letter expressing fear about teachers returning to in-person instruction, owing to the surging omicron variant of COVID-19. (Incidentally, the variant, as I understand it, is much more contagious but far less severe in its symptoms than the delta variant for most people—something like having a head cold.)

Below is the embarrassing letter by the union official, rife with spelling, punctuation, and syntactical errors, proving (thank you very much!) why the world needs copyeditors—or at least needs people in important positions who know how to write decent English. I assume that the official is herself a product of an educational system somewhere that failed to help her be a better writer. A parent in the school district, obviously skilled in copyediting, suggested a few dozen helpful corrections and revisions.

Read it and laugh (or weep).

Author: Dean Christensen

Educator, copyeditor, writer, baseball bug, word lover, book hound, guitar picker, classical music aficionado, classic rock 'n' roll and movie buff, sinner, saint, former this, used-to-be that, and future who-knows-what. Every day is an adventure in learning how to make the world a better place--grammatically, anyway.

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