Second foreword

My career in international organizations, mainly the European Commission, has included translation, revision and translation management, with plenty of hands-on translation and, more recently, editing. Translation and editing have a great deal in common and require very similar skills, but one great mystery was this: ‘Why do authors regularly say “Thank you!” to editors, yet hardly ever seem grateful for translation?’ For that is what I and my fellow editors invariably found to be the case. And the authors’ gratitude was genuine, as we could see from the repeat orders and exponential increase in editing requests. Sometimes, to our surprise, it seemed that editing had solved some kind of intractable problem in the text (often ...

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