What Does 'TK' Mean In An Editor's Edits?


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Samantha Mitchell Profile
TK is short for Tokum.

Tokum is a mis-spelling meaning 'to come', where more information is to come later. If an editor has used TK, they are showing that more information is needed, or that more information will be coming for that particular section.

The following link is a proof-reading site that provides British Standard markings. This site will provide you with additional details about proof-reading marks, in case you ever have another question about the marks an editor uses.

This website has one of the most comprehensive lists of proof-reading symbols, and depicts the BSI or British Standard symbols used in proof-reading. Nowhere in the table of symbols was TK listed as an editor's mark, though.

The above link is another handbook for proof-reading marks, and is a US version from Wadsworth. The table depicted on this site also does not have the TK mark. However, there are quite a few symbols that can be helpful to editing or understanding other editing jargon, other than the TK mark.

Despite the second and third link not showing the TK symbol, it seems to be a universal symbol used by editors. It is not commonly presented in information found online, though, based on my search to find out what TK means.

However, there is no doubt that TK stands for Tokum or 'to come', so that one knows more information will be added to that section or needs to be added to that section.

If there are multiple writers of a piece, it may be used as a place holder for another writer's work, letting others know that section is to be handled by someone else.
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Anonymous answered
It means "to come". The reason it's a K, and not a C, is so that you can do a search and replace for "TK" - because it's not a common cluster of letters in the way that "TC" might be.

So, before finalizing your edits, you can go through your document searching for TK where you'd replace the TK with whatever info is missing (usually a date, statistic or number).

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