Most freelance workers take jobs whenever they occur. The fact that Easter is fast approaching makes no difference. We take work when we can get it and work 24/7 to get it done and our invoice emailed to a lucky author or publisher. I remember having thirteen typescripts lined up one Christmas and a tree to put up. It were tough in them days!

Editorial Oddments

But here are a few editorial oddments about Easter which may one day be helpful to you as a proofreader or copy-editor, freelance or not.

The word Easter comes from an Old English root Eastre. Pretty similar, nothing surprising in that. But Christians borrow or purloin the word from a very old lady, Eastre, who was a goddess in Northumbria. Her feast day was a celebration of the vernal equinox, the beginning of Spring. And it is no surprise that the sun rising in the east is implicated.

We use the words Eastertime and Eastertide interchangeably. But the former is the period from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, and the latter from Easter Sunday to Ascension. It doesn’t matter much unless you are editing or proofreading a book, of course. Then everything matters.

easterGood Friday may come from God Friday. This is what I was taught. But it always seemed a bit pat to me. It is more likely simply to be a use of good in the old sense of holy. It is also known as Holy Friday, of course. My grandmother always said that Good Friday was a dark, depressing day, lowering clouds and miserable rain. This was rarely the case, but is probably the reason for the day having been called Black Friday in some parts of the North. Any anecdotal evidence of this would be most welcome. Indeed, any other Good Friday alternative names and their origins would be interesting.


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About the Author:

Richard is a director of Chapterhouse. His lifelong love of books led him from the law to publishing. His favourite animal is the rhinoceros and his favourite modern play is Jerusalem. Strangely, perhaps, he is fanatical about football and modern novels.