So much of this journey has been trial and error for me. So, it should be no surprise that I didn't understand all of my editing notes. I wanted to share three editorial notes that took me a minute of thinking to understand.
#1: the little squiggle 'e' means 'delete'. If it is over a single word, delete that word. If it is over a set of parenthesis (as in this example), delete everything in the parenthesis.
#2: okay, this is the one that really had me stumped. I guess it depends on the handwriting of whoever is making the editorial note, but I originally read this note as "recy". I tried to think of every word "recy" might possibly stand for. Then, it struck me and I realized it is actually "Necy" with the apostrophre making it "nec'y". This notation is asking the writer to consider if the passage is actually necessary. It is not an request to delete, only a suggestion to consider deleting or reworking. You would find it in the side margin of a passage.
#3: this one should have been easy for me. I've seen it before, but had forgotten. A double (or sometimes triple) line under a letter is a reminder to capitalize that letter.
Now, for those of you who are in, or have been, to college recently, this is likely old hat. But, for someone like me who got her degree...erm...let's just say 'not so recently', it took some effort to understand.
Questions: did you know these three notations? are there any other unusual editorial notations you'd like to share?