English Challenge for Editors and Proofreaders

140 characters isn’t many, is it? A tweet has to restrict itself to that number and so do the answers to this competition for existing and aspiring copy-editors and proofreaders.

What is good English?

englishWe all know, or think we know, bad English when we see it. We cringe and recoil with righteousness festering in our narrow minds.

But could you define GOOD ENGLISH?

In 140 characters or fewer, we would like you to have a go on Twitter or in the comment section below. You can be serious or attempt to be funny. The best try will be posted within the next few weeks with your name attached if you like (or not, if you don’t).

If the writer of the published effort wants to do one of our proofreading and copy-editing courses that would be splendid and we would give him or her a 10% discount. If not, we just hope you have a bit of fun. We can’t promise to spot plagiarism but think it would be a bit sad. Good luck.


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.


  1. Sasha Stennett January 27, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Good English blends social spelling, liberal punctuation, and conservative grammar.

  2. Ama February 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    A perfect brew: a delicate and harmonious medley of principles, and basic rudiments of language – Good English!

  3. Beth Tranter February 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Good English communicates your intentions and leads your reader to postulate new theories and hypotheses of their own. It leads to exciting discoveries!

  4. Wendy Claridge February 13, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Good English grips all of our senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell and feelings. In short, it is music to our soul!

  5. maggie February 15, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Good English is a way of expressing yourself , so that your words form a clear, precise picture

  6. SG February 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Good English isn’t bad English. Logicians always score big with high vacuity – ever true.

  7. Mark Brown February 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Good English, like a Full English, should be well constructed, full of flavour and keep you satisfied all day!

  8. Howard Walwyn March 3, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Clarity is at the heart of Good English. Simple, flawlessly accurate, it conveys meaning with structure and style. Most of all, it is clear.

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