I’m a CopyWRITER not a copyrighter

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Since my first job as a copywriter (which, by the way, is a word that I had to add to my Google and MS dictionaries in order to not have that annoying red squiggly line), I’ve confused many a strangers and friends alike.

You see, when I say, “I’m a copywriter,” people imagine me spending all of my time pouring over boring copyrights. That, my friends is something like a copyright attorney. Of which, I am neither an attorney, nor someone who begins to understand the details of copyrights–other than knowing I should put a little Β© all over the place when I talk about Quirky ChrissyΒ©. AmIright?

So this is where spelling counts, people. Grammar is important.

Grammar nazi

Copy is print. Copy is written advertising. And written media. If you just write blogs, you are a blogger, but if you write actual website content (like for…Groupon or a videographer’s website), then you may be a copywriter. Because a copy writer—Wait for it–WRITES COPY.

Blog friends, do you have a job title that confuses people? Or just tell me something awesome about grammar. (For example: I love the Oxford comma…and for work, I’m not allowed to use it…so it’s becoming the bane of my existence. And yesterday on my personal Facebook account…I didn’t use any commas at all. It was very upsetting to me that I couldn’t edit it from my phone.)

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36 Responses

  1. Yes. My official title is “Application Architect Consultant”. Try to tell me either what I do or what industry I’m in by that. …each word implies something, only one of them being even somewhat the normal usage of the word by people who don’t do what I do.

      1. Holy cow! …I was reviewing the blogs I follow and the threads I was subscribed to and realized I never answered you! Better late than never I suppose. My bad …my spam filter must have ate the reply notification. So, sorry. :S …anyway, it means I’m a computer nerd programmer πŸ˜€

          1. Again, sorry about seemingly just ignoring you. I also didn’t get a follow up to this one, and I have a theory: your color scheme makes the “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” and “Notify me of new posts via email.” text nearly invisible (white on light pink), so I may never have actually checked them. I have now. …this is what happens when a computer nerd starts reading your blog. πŸ˜›

  2. You’re not allowed to use the oxford comma at work? That is irritating, lousy, and downright rude. See what I just did there? πŸ˜›

    I, am an associate financial representative. This confuses people because my title is a lot more elaborate and exciting than my job.

    1. I love that comma too. More than anything. Ever. And somehow I’m supposed to train myself not to use it. It’s a very sad, depressing and miserable grammar state.

  3. I don’t have a job title that confuses people but I’m constantly confusing people when I explain that the company I work for are marketing research consultants. I get asked a lot if we’re telemarketers. I’m like no, we’re consultants that companies hire to manage their marketing and research projects. Oh like R&D? No as is marketing research. Oh so you hire the telemarketers? No. But we do analyze their findings. Hurts my head

  4. I don’t have a job title so I have to make one up. Sometimes I forget what I tell people. From now on I think I am just going to start saying I am an application architect consultant just because nobody will know what it is and I’ll be able to pull it off by making even more stuff up.

    That cat…it’s so funny. I don’t even know why, but I can’t stop laughing!

  5. My job doesn’t have a confusing title, but it also does not indicate AT ALL what I actually do… it’s basically a bunch of corporate-sounding words strung together. Every few years, one of those corporate words gets a “Senior” or “Manager” attached to it to signal a promotion.

    I’m a grammar Nazi so this post cracked me up. One of my favorite examples is “Let’s eat Grandpa!” versus “Let’s eat, Grandpa!” Commas save lives.

  6. Hey, pretty cool song! πŸ˜‰ Was this video done somewhere in California’s central valley or Kansas? Must be the heartland for all the guns around.

  7. I almost used your meme image, but I remembered that there may be copywrite laws associated with it, so I’m asking permission to use it.

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