When I left the copy desk and set up shop in the guest bedroom, Twitter became my virtual office. I’m never a few clicks from my copyediting cohort on Twitter. It provides ongoing education in writing, word usage, and the craft of copyediting. And whiskey.
I’ve lately been called on to verify more quotations when I’m editing. I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence or a trend related to the ready availability of quotes on the Internet. Very often, the quotes provided have nothing to do with the famous thinkers they are attributed to. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Never believe everything you read on the Internet.”
Next week is National Library Week, and copyeditors are part of the celebration. The Oxford University Press folks are freeing up all of their online resources to help celebrate libraries and librarians. That means Oxford Dictionaries will be free for us to try, with all its related resources included. So will the Oxford English Dictionary.
Now that Yooper has entered the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary (which joins American Heritage Dictionary in considering it a worthy word), it’s fitting that some of the other vocabulary words of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan should enter the language as well. Eight years of living in the U.P.
I’m typing my blog entry standing at a bar that circles a fountain in the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. I do enjoy working at bars (it’s 9 a.m., so the bar itself is closed), and I make a point when I travel of scanning for waist-high surfaces where I can push a stool aside and set up my laptop.
I’ve long been a proponent of online-first for newspapers—focusing on the Web and other electronic methods to get news up soon after it breaks, and then refitting digital stories for the paper edition. But no one seems to be able to do it right.
My prize from the silent auction at this year’s American Copy Editors Society annual conference was a 1970 Associated Press Stylebook. It’s 52 pages, divided into 11 sections.
Some might say the Stylebook should have stopped there, but with a print edition topping 500 pages, the book is proving to be more relevant and useful than ever. I prefer my AP Stylebook online for easy searching.