Farmers markets, garden plots, window boxes -- summer produce is beginning to appear everywhere you look. If you’re among those who have put in the labor to nurse fruits and vegetables into existence or to search out the best of summer’s bounty in the markets and shops, may you be blessed with the best basketfuls of produce. And only as many of your neighbor’s cucumbers and zucchinis as you want.
To correctly solve our bountiful Wordoku, make sure that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once [difficulty: moderate]:
By education and career choice, I am a moderate prescriptivist (with descriptivist sympathies).* In my personal communication, I carefully “couldn’t care less” and I enjoy the game of keeping fewer and less in distinct count and non-count realms. In my professional life, I edit or query any nonstandard usage. It’s part of what my clients pay me to do. So I was surprised to realize that I had, for the first time, used literally to describe something that wasn’t literal -- and that I was okay with it.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is seeking an editor to join its education products team and manage Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine. ACEP represents more than 30,000 emergency doctors, residents, and students, providing professional development, advocacy, and continuing education.
Developed by renowned word-player and Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, doublets are a word pair linked by a chain of words formed by changing only one letter at a time. For Carroll, the object was to get from the first word to the last using the shortest possible chain of words in between. Carroll’s 1879 Doublets: A Word-Puzzle is available as a free Google eBook.
The American Library Association (ALA) publishing department is seeking a managing editor in Chicago. The publishing department provides print and digital materials for librarians, to help them develop professionally, improve library services, and promote its vision of the “importance of libraries, literacy and free access to information.”
Having recently spent some time filling in a pile of missing references in an academic work, I was surprised to find that I did not hate the online bibliography creator I used.
I first encountered auto-generated bibliographies five or more years ago, when an author informed me that my many edits to a reference list couldn’t be correct because the bibliography had been created using BibMe. Not a great introduction.
What was true then is true now -- even the best bibliography generators still need careful review.
McMurry/TMG (Copyediting’s own publisher) is seeking a managing editor in Washington, DC, for a leading travel organization’s website and social media presence. McMurry/TMG has 30 years of custom-publishing experience and is now the largest independent content-marketing agency in the United States.
We’re gearing up for a happy holiday weekend here in the United States as we celebrate Independence Day tomorrow. Finalize fireworks-watching plans? Check. Make sure flag-displaying etiquette is correct? Check. Use the proper vocabulary during fireworks watching and flag displaying? Better check!
Do you know your fireworks from your flag works? Match the term with its appropriate definition. [Difficulty level: moderate]