The Copyediting team is neck deep in putting together our October–November issue for you. One of the great things about having several copyeditors working on the newsletter is what we learn from each other. Here are two problems we came across this issue.
Outside of vs. Outside
When outside is used as a preposition, the argument goes, of does not need to follow it. As in this sentence from Ask the Editor:
When we copyeditors learn to edit, we tend to tackle one rule or one set of rules at a time. We practice reducing repetition in one exercise and fixing comma errors in another. But when we get to real-world editing, we’re trying to fix all the errors in one or two passes. We’re no longer editing in a vacuum, and one edit often leads to another.