In a guest blog post on Publishing Perspectives by long-time editor, Ann Patty, brings up the question: when have editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders gotten so sloppy with common grammar usage? In this particular instance, she discusses the children’s book, Go the F*** to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and the one line in the poetic verse and the error that went unseen by editor, copyeditor, and proofreader.
She writes, “In my many years as an editor, the most frequent lesson I’ve had to impart to writers — from fledglings to award winners to mega-bestsellers — is about the difference between the transitive verb lay, laid, laid and the intransitive verb lie, lay, lain. Some authors get it; some never do, even after eight or nine books. That’s why there are editors and copy editors and proofreaders, right?”