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With Poor Wording, a Crash Blossoms
Friday, July 25, 2014, by Mark Allen

Headline writers love to pile up nouns to get as much information as possible into limited space. But many words in English are the same whether nouns, verbs or adjectives, often leading to ambiguous results. That’s where the copyeditor comes in—when there is a copyeditor handy to come in. On Wednesday, the Associated Press tweeted: BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven. There was no crash landing of a plane carrying victims. The victims of a crash landed in the Netherlands. There is nothing grammatically wrong with the sentence. This fact highlights the limitations of language and the need for a careful reading of anything written, preferably...

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August-September 2014

This issue may be in the middle of summer, but this issue of Copyediting is more autumn-like—it deals with a lot of change.

Our big change is with our In Style writers. We bid good-bye to our long-serving columnists Norm Goldstein and Paul R. Martin. They’ve given us decades of generous advice, and we’ll miss them. Stepping into their very big shoes is freelance writer and copyeditor Karen Yin, whose first column promises great things ahead for readers.

The rest of the issue tackles changes in language (what’s the deal with possessives and gerunds?), changes in processes (hint: document everything!), changes in how we do our jobs (research journal articles online), and even what our jobs entail (OCR and EPUB files, anyone?).

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June/July 2014

Our June–July issue is packed full of lessons from this year’s ACES event. The conference theme this year was Digital in the Desert, and our issue reflects that. Although digital publishing has disrupted publishing in general, it also offers copyeditors opportunities to make themselves more valuable to their employers by improving the quality of the content they work on.

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April/May 2014

With the arrival of this issue, I hope you are experiencing the first glories of spring and can shout, “We made it through the winter!”

Our April–May issue offers you lots of opportunity for new growth, as well. I tackle the thorny subject of fine-tuning an author’s writing style in the In Depth feature, and you can cross-pollinate with our Currents, In Style, and Word Resource Roundup columns.

Our Technically Speaking feature offers you another way to grow: by learning HTML. It’s a great skill to add to your resumé—as is membership in a professional group. Katherine O’Moore-Klopf gives you several reasons to join at least one professional group this season.

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