What's the best pencil for proofreading?

Written By Caitlin Elgin - July 13 2015


January 02 2019

Back in the day when I did a lot of copy editing, I loaded two mechanical pencils with Pentel blue and red. Each had a wrap of the correct color tape around the middle. Worked great, no sharpening.

LIZ: Blue pencil law is only in common law countries. It simply allows the court to be the editor of contracts or arbitrations with portions are not enforceable, not constitutional, or in some cases correct poorly written agreements to make them mean what was originally intended.
The idea is try to salvage what is usable and not throw the baby out with the bath water.

Liz Bieler
June 22 2018

Hi! I love your writing style and think the history of the use of the blue pencil is fascinating! I’m attempting to learn more about it and would love any other historical information you might have on the term and the usage. I always pictured the hideous red markings on my elementary papers but to learn about this blue pencil idea is quite neat! I’ve googled as much as I can on the topic but haven’t really understood the origin. I understand for artists it makes sense, but then I read about the term " blue-pencil law/doctrine" and was even more curious. Do you know if the legal world purloined the term from artist/editors? So confused. Please educate me! :)
Thank you!!

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