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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

August 9, 2011

Grammarians Wanted

The Flame Warriors website defines the variant Grammarian as this: "usually has little to contribute to a discussion and possesses few effective weapons. To compensate, he will point out minor errors in spelling and grammar."

So I have a friend who is currently seeking employment and came across an ad on Craig's List that caught her attention. 
Calling all grammarians: Seattle start-up Tippr is hiring a Copyeditor
Tippr is seeking a talented, diligent and fast Copyeditor to ensure the highest level of quality, accuracy and consistency in the copy for our daily deals. You will be responsible for ensuring all content is clear, compelling, written in the correct voice, and free of errors or confusion. 

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

*Exceptional grammar skills

*Extreme attention to detail

*Ability to play well and get along with others

Please attach your resume, cover letter and salary requirements. (No stock cover letters please; Tippr likes people with personality!) 

Having a background in journalism, the word(s) copyeditor immediately caught her eye. After perusing the remaining requirements (they are not all listed here - you can go find the ad on Seattle's Craig's List if you are that curious about what you are missing) and determining that she was indeed a person with abundant personality, she decided to accept the challenge to submit a non stock cover letter and presented the following in response: 

Well, hey there! (This is my favorite part by the way)

I would love to introduce myself as a candidate for the “Copyeditor” position posted by your organization. As a grammar nerd, I placed quotation marks around “Copyeditor” because I have never seen it spelled as one word, even when I was working as a “Copyeditor” at various newspapers and magazines. But hey, you learn something every day, right?

I told her that if they call her, she should definitely take the job. 

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