“You have spelled practise inconsistently.” It’s a comment I see from at least one technical reviewer on every textbook I edit.
While it’s not inconsistent, I agree that the Canadian/British distinction between practice and practise is a needless layer of complexity. And, it’s a distinction I need to check every time. I’ve memorized the difference between affect and effect — being primarily a science editor, this comes up a lot — but for practi(c/s)e, I rely on a sticky note on my monitor.
An Associated Press partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt means a dictionary that seemed dormant has reemerged as a useful tool for journalists, copyeditors and whoever uses the Associated Press Stylebook.
The print edition of Webster’s New World College Dictionary had not been updated in years when Houghton Mifflin bought the title from Wiley & Sons a year ago. This week, the Associated Press Stylebook integrated an updated version of WNW into its online toolkit.
What copyeditor doesn’t love words? Today’s News Roundup has our first glimpse of Word of the Year contests, a rundown of the exciting changes in the Ngram Viewer, and a great reason to love the mundanity of dictionaries. Happy Friday, word geeks!
The tension of a spelling bee is lessened when you can actively root against contestants, something frowned upon in middle school. But the National Press Club’s Centennial Spelling Bee this week pitted Washington journalists against lawmakers from each party, and eventually, women against men.
Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia emerged nonpareil on the stage, correctly spelling nonpareil to defeat Rebecca Sinderbrand of Politico.
Freelance editing has made me polyamorous when it comes to the dictionary. I always secretly loved my first dictionary, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, but as a newspaper copyeditor, my loyalty was to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition. As a freelancer, I am free—even required—to play the lexicographic field. And with the recent proliferation of electronic versions of dictionaries, it’s easy to spread my affection.