Goodreads is a social website to allow reads to submit book recommendations and share in books they love. Goodreads has been around since 2007 and is a community setting to discuss books as well as track books you have read in a type of virtual library.
Amazon announced in a press release last week they obtained the Goodreads social network site. Russ Grandinetti, vice president for Amazon states:
Copyeditors are taught to delete slang. It’s too informal, ignorant, or ungrammatical, we’re told, for the formalness of writing. It should be relegated to informal conversation with close friends and family.
As a result, we tend to dismiss slang altogether. We miss out on what it might add to a manuscript and how it can sometimes become acceptable Standard English, storming the language tower.
In a discussion on LinkedIn about useful texts for editors, a number of well-known titles came up, including The Chicago Manual of Style, Words into Type, The Elements of Typographic Style, and others. In this discussion, a book titled STET Again: More Tricks of the Trade for Publications People was also mentioned.
Usually I review serious resources here and in the newsletter—books and other media that will help copyeditors do their jobs better, find work, or otherwise advance their careers.
But even copyeditors need some fun once in a while. In honor of May Day and in the spirit of spring festivals, today I review two lighter looks at our beloved language: Songs of Love and Grammar and Punctuation..?