Moneys and monies are plural forms of the word money, which already acts as a plural itself. The -ys or -ies spelling depends on your stylebook or your personal preference, but it isn’t common that you need to use either. Usually, money is all you need.
Authors and digital publishers who have looked to Colborne Communications for editing, design and project management can now mount funding campaigns with it, too. This week, Toronto-based Colborne announced it will acquire Pubslush, a book-oriented crowdfunding company.
I think all editors, at some point in their careers, go through a "Grammar Police" phase during which they offer unsolicited (and sometimes unsubstantiated) advice about how to "correctly" use a particular phrase, pronounce a particular word, or use a particular idiom. I know I did. It's an annoying phase — not for the editors, but for everyone around them — and one hopes they grow out of it quickly.
Assent and ascent are two soundalike words that are just uncommon enough that we might stumble over the spellings. The sc combination in the one that involves climbing mimics the first two letters of scale, which as a verb means to climb something. The words ascent and scale are ultimately related through the Latin scandere, to climb.
To give your assent means you are agreeable. Assent is an indication that you are going along with the plan, and not being a stubborn ass.
Well-informed, experienced copyeditor friends tell me that they believe strongly in the distinction between who and that, and that people deserve the former pronoun. I don’t disagree with this preference, but I do feel compelled to point out that there is no agreed-upon rule that a person cannot be a that.
I once drove the logging roads of Marquette County, Michigan, following a local band, Da Yoopers, as they visited various hunting camps. The band was looking for a site for a video of their 1986 regional hit, “Second Week of Deer Camp” (apologies in advance if you decide to click the link), and I was taking a break from copyediting to cover the story for the Mining Journal newspaper.
Easy reading is the goal of most editors. Plain Language is a set of principles that focus on structure as well as on style and language. You can get a quick introduction to the principles of plain language in The Canadian Style,free online. (This applies to non-fiction more readily than it applies to fiction.)
Jessica Pucci’s title at Manifest is Audience Editor, which indicates not only her position but her relationship to the members of her team and her team’s focus. She also teaches media ethics at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism.