Beloved American author Mark Twain was born today in 1835. In addition to giving up popular characters Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, Twain was a writer, lecturer, and dispenser of witticisms. How well do you know your Twain wit?
Of the dozen quotes below, 7 are accurate and 5 are commonly misattributed to Twain. Can you identify the 7 true Twains?
Moby-Dick, one of the great novels of American literature, was first published November 14, 1851. And copyeditors have been inserting that hyphen ever since. To celebrate the publication—and the hyphen—we have a moderately difficult Sudoku sans Numbers game for you. With a dose of Ahab-like determination and your arsenal of copyeditor strengths (logical thinking, pattern recognition, respect for the hyphen, etc.), we’re sure you can bring this puzzle down.
I’ve never thought of myself as a Halloween enthusiast. A quick look at the posts I’ve written for Copyediting over the last couple of years, however, reveals the truth. I’m a sucker for fantasy, phantasmagoria, and even a good old-fashioned frightening now and then. The proof:
With 60 million readers worldwide, National Geographic celebrates its 125th year this month. The first issue, published in October 1888, was a modest brown pamphlet that did not yet sport the iconic yellow-bordered cover or include any photographs.
National Taco Day is one of those unofficial holidays that people love to hate and love to celebrate. Research turns up little information on its creation, but plenty of taco day deals for its celebration each year on October 4.
Banned Books Week 2013 draws to an end tomorrow, September 28, but celebrating the freedom to read is a timeless activity and attitude. Check out the official website BannedBooksWeek.org for resources, information about censorship, links to supporting organizations, and more.