Chairperson has replaced chairman; should actor replace actress? Also in today’s News Roundup, a series of how-tos: proofread a Kindle file; develop a freelance business plan; attend a plagiarism summit; and make the leap to freelancing.
“The Gender Agenda”: Is there a line to be drawn on how neutral to make the language? (Angry Sub-Editor)
Start your day with a little romance in your words. Also in today’s News Roundup: editors can learn from being edited; only some grammar rules are breakable; singular they, and a new story in the Grammarnoir series.
Employee or freelancer, the Freelancers Union has three tips for reducing your stress. Also in today’s News Roundup: adjectives becoming nouns; three productivity secrets; AMA style questions answered; and Obama’s inaugural address.
Gay marriage legislation has some discussing whether you can separate social influence from dictionary definitions. Also in today’s News Roundup: limiting your inner perfectionist; the asymmetric make sure and X; occasionally working from your local … coffee house; and which geographic features make it into dictionaries.
Did you spot the recent doozy of an anachronism in Downton Abbey? Also in Today’s News Roundup: five ways to pre-qualify clients; the problem grammar of academics; one place not to use singular they; and swang.
Should changes in English equate to changes in our beloved Scrabble? Also in today’s News Roundup: the performative asterisk; Ben Yagoda’s new book; marketing terms to cut; passion; and an OED word slip.