Spag

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Synonyms: proofreading, copyediting
See also: Beta, Brit-pick
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SPAG (an acronym for Spelling and Grammar) or SPaG (for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)[1] is a term used to describe a light proofreading of a piece of fanfiction, rather than a more in-depth Beta read. Fans will request a SPAG beta for their fanfic if they primarily want those issues covered.[2]

Fans will also use the term in discussion of fanfic or in recs or reviews. A fan might say that a story had good SPAG, but a few typos here and there when they describe a work.

The term is not universal in fandom, but is widely understood. The term is also used in popular internet culture, writing and blogging circles[3] as well as in fannish contexts. The term may have originated within education circles.[4]

References

  1. What are SPaG errors?, on a writer's forum where both definitions are given, accessed September 12, 2011
  2. SPaG Beta needed on hp_betas_wanted, accessed September 12, 2011
  3. SPAG..., a blogger in the UK talking about his writing ability, accessed September 12, 2011
  4. 'Spag' can happen to anyone, Toronto Star column that says the term is "teacherly", accessed September 12, 2011