As copyeditors, we have definite opinions about language usage. We’d do well to remember what’s opinion and what’s a rule, John McIntyre reminds us. Still, there are rules we can follow, as our second and third stories demonstrate.
Copyeditings are familiar with the idea of feeling “too cold”, especially in this winter season. Here in Ohio, it is sleeting and rainy this week. After the past few weeks of a spring teaser with warm weather, we Ohioans are forced to break out the winter coats.
Frigophobia: a fear of being cold, or a fear of cold things.
Frigophobia comes from the latin word frigus, meaning “too cold”
Why using Google image search blindly can get you into trouble. Also in today’s News Roundup: zombie rules you can let die; the value of online dictionaries; won’t is perfectly fine; and strange letters English could use.
Elizabeth O’Brien has been a grammarian for more than 10 years, for the last 4 years she has been running the Grammar Revolution website, promoting sentence diagramming and “Grammar the Easy Way.” She and her husband, David, recently raised almost $25,000 for their “Grammar Revolution” film, a documentary that they plan to complete
Happy National Grammar Day, copyeditors! Today’s the day we celebrate the richness of our language and have a little fun in the process. Check the links below for games, poetry, fiction, and a little advice to keep it real.
It’s time to gear up for National Grammar Day. Grammar Girl has a list of activities for you to enjoy. Also in today’s News Roundup: tips for networking more effectively; what’s behind the Language-Change Index; publisher vs. agency; and typography is more than art.
“National Grammar Day”: Find out about National Grammar Day activities taking place all over the web. (Grammar Girl)
Argo joins Downton and Lincoln with its anachronisms. Also in today’s News Roundup: It’s may replace its; tips on what to charge clients; answers to questions about getting started in copyediting; and proofreading software for your smartphone.