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By now, many of our well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions have fallen away. But if one of yours was to learn more about copyediting, we’re here to save your resolution!
In the February–March issue I look at zombie rules, those usage rules that have no foundation in reality but we seem to follow them anyway. My article talks about ways to identify zombie rules and how to combat them.
Also in this issue, Jonathon Owen redefines grammar and usage, Mark Farrell identifies Random Capitalization Syndrome, and Dawn McIlvain Stahl reviews the best word-processing software for tablet computers.
As always, Copyediting is packed with news and information just for copyeditors. If learning more about our craft wasn’t one of your resolutions, there’s still time to make it one!
Other Recent Issues
As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of another, Copyediting is focused on the details, like:
- How do you decide where syllable breaks should be in a word?
- Should you use BC or BCE in copy?
- How can you make better use of Word’s Comment feature?
- What’s the difference between breaches and breeches?
This issue, you’ll also learn about structuring your editorial business to match your business style and making the most of professional email lists.
As we approach the New Year, take time to reflect on the details of what we do and plan for a successful 2014.
With the arrival of fall often comes a desire to settle down and get serious. Maybe it's a leftover from our school days, not unlike my desire to buy lots of lovely office products in September.
Whatever the reason, the October–November issue of Copyediting takes advantage of that desire (for learning, not office products).
Charles Harrington Elster, a.k.a. the Grandiloquent Gumshoe, returns to our pages in our feature story, "The Curious Corporate Who." In it, he traces the usage of who to represent corporations and other nonhumans and wonders if it represents a shift in the language.
Elsewhere, we examine verb tenses, moods, and aspects; the acceptable (or not) use of plus as a conjunction; and the problem of new senses for old words