In my part of the world, the leaves are colorful and lend a satisfying crunch and sweet scent to an afternoon stroll or ride. It’s positively autumnal.
I’ve known for some time that most of us in North America refer to this season as fall, while our British colleagues prefer autumn. In poking around the definitions,* however, I’ve just discovered that autumn in Britain can be considered the months of August, September, and October. That may be an archaic usage, however, since other definitions match the U.S. meaning more closely.
When new words pop up in pop culture, as they do, it never occurs to me to bemoan the state of the English language or the literacy of the current generation. Whether I like a modern coinage or think it’s the worstmanteau ever (surely that one is in the running), my initial response tends to be appropriately learned and eloquent, like “Heck yeah — words!”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is seeking an editor to join itsteam in Washington, DC. Established through the Budget Act of 1974, CBO is a nonpartisan agency that provides impartial, objective information and analysis about budgetary and economic issues. The CBO has more than 200 staff members, which include economists, lawyers, information technology specialists, editors, and more.
Any season and any month seems like a good time for finding a cozy spot and a long read. But there’s something about October. The bright foliage, sweet smells, and crisp air invite a sense of adventure that has some of us hiking, some of us baking, and many of us reading.
The Nobel Committee awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India today “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, is seeking an associate editor to join its American Scientist team in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Founded in 1886 as a science and engineering honor society at Cornell University, Sigma Xi today has over 500 chapters and 60,000 members at universities, government labs, and industrial research facilities.
Update: And the winner is ... Greg Bales from Iowa City! Tune in next week for featured entries from Greg and other participants.
The writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood. … Even where the sense is perfectly clear, a sentence may be deprived of half its force, its spirit, its point, by improper punctuations.