April 19, 2009

Pole, Hole, or Optic Cup?

My latest editing task is a series of short webpages for a Russian ophthalmologist who is convinced he can cure nearsightedness with a few simple eye muscle exercises. The first documents he sent me were reasonably understandable, but once he got into the evolution of the eye, the English went downhill. In emailing back and forth trying to figure out what he wanted to say and how one would say it in anatomical terms in English, he sent me this cute drawing of the evolution of the eye. I've never gotten a drawing from one of my clients before. Once we figured it all out, he told me that he very much appreciated all my edits because I "made juicy fruits from dry branches." I think this is a lovely phrase. Maybe I can get it emblazoned on a business card.

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