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  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 5:20am
    Erin Brenner
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    09/18/14 News Roundup: Vocab

    In today’s News Roundup: lessons in old meanings and sophisticated usage.

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  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:26pm
    Mark Allen
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    Continuous and Continual: Just One Means Recurring

    A copyeditor colleague from Wisconsin offered a memorable way to divide the similar words continuous and continual

    There's “engaged in continuous sex” and “engaged in continual sex,” she said in a tweet.

    There is a difference, more noticeable with some subjects than others.

    Word forms sometimes spring up separately, sometimes with subtle differences that people either accept or that are lost by what some would call misuse. These two words overlap quite often, but there are usage tendencies that are useful to clarity. 

    Continuous and continual share the Latin root continere, which means to hang together, to hold together, or to...

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  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
    Jeannette de Be...
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    bookshelf

    If I were writing this column ten years ago, the truth is that the shelf I’m about to describe would be far more extensive than what I’m suggesting today. It’s not that we read less in the internet age—if anything, we probably read more—but if you have high-speed access to the information highway, you don’t have to read less to own less. Many of the books we used to thumb through are available now as searchable entities, making our work a lot easier.

    Still, I don’t know an editor who doesn’t feel more secure with a bookcase to back him/her up, and while your bookshelf will vary based on the type of editing you do and the level of your interest in language, there are a few volumes that would be useful for you to own.

    I will say here that I’m not recommending any...

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  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
    Jeannette de Be...
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    bookshelf

    If I were writing this column ten years ago, the truth is that the shelf I’m about to describe would be far more extensive than what I’m suggesting today. It’s not that we read less in the internet age—if anything, we probably read more—but if you have high-speed access to the information highway, you don’t have to read less to own less. Many of the books we used to thumb through are available now as searchable entities, making our work a lot easier.

    Still, I don’t know an editor who doesn’t feel more secure with a bookcase to back him/her up, and while your bookshelf will vary based on the type of editing you do and the level of your interest in language, there are a few volumes that would be useful for you to own.

    I will say here that I’m not recommending any...

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