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.
Most men don't tend to compliment other men on their choice of clothing, but I always get an approving word from strangers when I put on a bow tie. I've had men cross a room to compliment my tie. Perhaps they feel I need encouragement.
Despite the association with what happens to any toilet on a regular basis, it is not unusual to see people “flush out an idea.” Some ideas certainly deserve such treatment, but the phrase is “flesh out an idea.” Or flesh out the details, story, plan, etc.
It’s an odd concept, to add flesh to something intangible, like an idea. Flesh as a verb is first recorded in the 16th century with various meanings related to giving your hunting bird a bit of the kill or plunging a sword into someone (“Don’t make me flesh you.”)
Shortened forms of words are common and often more familiar than the fully spelled-out words. Other times, the shortened form is just easier to process after introducing the lengthy and complex full term. Other reasons to use shortened forms include voice, reading level / readability, and space. It’s why the materials I work on favour EM spectrum rather than electromagnetic spectrum, and why a blog post might prefer LOL over “I laughed out loud, good chap.”
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.