National Grammar Day is hard to contain in just one day or within the borders of one nation. Of course, every day is grammar day to a copyeditor
National Grammar Day is March 4, easy to remember because it can be said as “march forth,” which is a sentence in itself with imperative verb and implied subject. Of course, “march fourth” also is a sentence, theoretically useful for establishing the order of bands in a parade.
There is something safe about the simple form of haiku. Structure can give the poet freedom, a simple structure especially so. Free verse forces the writer to create the rhythm as well as the words. Haiku forces us into a familiar pattern, one that is fairly easy to exploit.
The assassin’s shot that sparked "the war to end all wars” was fired 100 years ago in June, and four years of fighting gave rise, as wars tend to do, to many words that have stuck with us: shell shock, cushy, tank, trench coat, ack-ack, and more.
Oxford University Press has quietly rolled out a resource copyeditors have been wanting for years at a price that suits self-funded budgets: an easily searchable online edition of Garner’s Modern American Usage.
Garner’s is the most thoughtful, comprehensive, and up-to-date reference for what careful writers deem correct English usage. It’s an invaluable guide for copyeditors.
Earlier this week, the American Copy Editors Society hosted a Twitter chat about its upcoming annual conference. In addition to reinforcing why you should attend (training, networking), there were tips on how to make the most of your conference.
For casual users, the Oxford English Dictionary has long been both monumental and unapproachable. As the biggest English-language dictionary, it has been more of a prize possession than an everyday reference. Few have space or money for a multivolume set. The popular two-volume set packaged with a magnifying glass is far less useful than a $20 collegiate that can be rested on one hand.