Vocab Lesson 6: TK

When you start dealing with copy for a magazine or other publication, you'll quickly encounter the use of TK ...


TK stands for to come and serves as a placeholder for information that will be input at a later date. For example, maybe you want to include a specific date, but you don't have that info at the time of writing ... so you stick a TK in there, and that holds the place of the date and it alerts the editors that the information will be coming.

But, uh, if it means to come, then why isn't it TC, you ask? Well, that's intentional. It's assumed TK will be easier to catch when proofing and by computer spellchecks than TC. In fact, TK is derived from the word tokum, which is basically an intentional misspelling of to come.

Sometimes a TK will slip through the editing and proofing process, such as the case in this Washington Times piece pictured below. You'll see highlighted the TK that should have been replaced with the man's first name. In this case, most readers probably read it as the man's initials, but his first name is really Rick. Several blogs picked up on the mistake and pointed it out, proving that even the little things don't go unnoticed.

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