Short cuts

It’s funny how our brains work when we are immersed in something; we sometimes resort to a kind of ‘shorthand’ which we optimistically hope will communicate an idea or information succinctly to our readers. I come across this often in my proofreading work. The author - usually an experienced freelance journalist if they are writing one of the National Trust guidebooks - will use a term or condense a sentence that they obviously hope will ‘say it all’. My role is tactfully to point out that, although one may guess what they are getting at, they have not explained fully or, in some cases, their bid for concision has taken them completely off track. A recent example was an author who refer

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