We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
John Eerkes-Medrano of Victoria, Canada, spent his career as an editor and his final few days among fellow editors at the Editing Goes Global conference in Toronto. He died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on June 15, the day after the conference, still in Toronto.
Eerkes-Madrano, 64, edited a long list of successful books, mostly narrative nonfiction. He was a former vice president of the Editors Association of Canada and a two-time winner of the EAC’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.
Along with the very common one-letter words a and I, there is the less-common one-letter word O. It came up in conversation during a recent trip to Stratford, Ontario: We couldn’t help but sing in the car O Canada after crossing the Bluewater Bridge. My daughter was the only one among us who knew the rest of the Canadian national anthem (Canada not being our home and native land), and she grumbled that we really needed to watch more hockey.
Saying that Caitlyn Jenner is in the news is a bit like saying that there are words in the dictionary. Regardless of what you think of the media storm, her very public story has opened up conversations about sexuality and gender identity like never before.
“Who has the model for the 21st century so the news industry can survive?” the Lodi News-Sentinel publisher said in an interview with a regional business news website. “The truth is there isn’t a working business model. It’s broken.”
Spelling or usage distinctions sometimes become shibboleths for copyeditors and pedants, no longer useful and therefore no longer worth worrying about. Witness the Associated Press Stylebook’s abandonment last year of keeping over for spatial relationship and more than for quantities.