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Why BluePencil? Many people ask us curiously.

Traditionally, a blue pencil used to be an editor’s tool. During the time
when ‘galleys’ were used for a manual pasteup, making changes was not
as simple as it is now. So when editors made corrections on galleys, they
used a special blue pencil that would not photocopy or print, and was
thus safe to mark with.

‘blue-pencil’ means to edit, revise, or correct. The word is also used as a
transitive verb — blue-pen·cilled or blue-pen·cil·ling.

When we started in 1993, this was the only name we thought of, and it
seemed apt because, well, bluepencilling is what we do!

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