Copyeditors as civil servants

I completely agree with the Typographic Oath – “do no harm” – and the other commandments produced at the Copyediting Blog.

The implied analogy is with doctors, but I see the role of the copyeditor as being closer to that of the civil servant. You may not get to make policy, but you use your expertise to help your political masters achieve what they want without breaking the rules or rubbing the public up the wrong way.

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