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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 2:14pmDawn McIlvain Stahl0
Stress reduction is a significant focus of current worker-wellness research, such as that compiled by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) [pdf], and is examined at large-scale international conferences like the recently concluded Work, Stress and Health 2013. Bouts of stress are a normal and even productive response to stimuli in the workplace and elsewhere, but chronic stress can lead to loss of focus, memory loss, poor judgment, physical ailments, and an overall decrease in life and work satisfaction. What’s a copyeditor facing deadlines to do?
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:54amDawn McIlvain Stahl0
The shades of green being displayed in department stores this season are lovely, but I admit they’ve inspired more digging in my dictionary than in my pocketbook.
1 : a color whose hue is somewhat less yellow than that of growing fresh grass or of the emerald …
There’s a certain poetry in definitions of colors: vivid but familiar imagery is required. “Growing fresh grass” is a beautiful and apt image for green, but given the variety of grasses and their hues, thinking “a little less yellow than grass” is not exactly a precise picture. I don’t envy the lexicographers who have to try to capture the different shades of colors. The envious...Read More »
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 5:20amErin Brenner0
Featured Topic: Word Stories
Will the new usage of slash stick around and become acceptable? Why is it a spelling bee? And what’s the story of the literary insult syncophant?
- “More Thoughts on the Nonstandard Uses of Slash”: Slash is still considered nonstandard in its newer usages, but will it remain that way? (The Hot Word)
- “Of Schoolmasters and Spelling Bees”: How did we end up with the spelling bee? (A Thing About Words)
- “Sycophant”: A new word tasting from James Harbeck. (Sesquiotica)
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 8:20amErin Brenner1
One of the sessions I look forward to at the annual conference of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) is “Ask the AP Stylebook Editors.” During the session, the editors talk about some of the recent changes to the style. The Associated Press’s stylebook changes frequently, usually to add or clarify entries as they relate to the latest news stories, and staying on top of the changes can be challenging.
While in past years, the editors have announced some major changes at the conference (e-mail becoming email, hopefully being allowed as a sentence adverb), this year’s session didn’t have any big reveals. The controversial changes were announced ahead of the conference this year, and Copyediting has weighed in on them:...Read More »
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