All entries in a dictionary are crowdsourced, and they have been for centuries. The words we use rise and fall on popular whim; dictionaries listen to what the crowd is saying and alter definitions and spellings and add or subtract words accordingly.
With the 30th annual Tom Fairley Award, Canadian editors take time to applaud our colleagues; to acknowledge the heavy lifting, the diligent wordsmithing, the hand-holding, and the polishing of prose both literary and functional. For, editors work on all kinds of words.
Just before Canadian copyeditors get together for a national conference in Toronto in a few weeks, two major copyediting professional organizations announced a partnership that will offer their members more chances for training and networking.
I love paper books (I have several), but I confess I am not the kind of person to pull a heavy reference off the shelf and thumb through to the answer for my question. I keep my reference books online and word-searchable: AP Stylebook, Garner’s, Chicago Manual, many dictionaries.
A highlight of the national conference of the American Copy Editors Society has been the AP Stylebook sessions, featuring Darrell Christian and David Minthorn, two of the three Stylebook editors. Both are understated fellows who treat every Stylebook change as no big deal before Twitter erupts in glee or consternation over website as a single word, hyphenless email, or over as a perfectly fine synonym for more than.
When the Associated Press Stylebook editors decided to stop abbreviating state names in stories, they soon succumbed to backlash and reversed course. Four years later, they’ve reintroduced this change.
We can love it or hate it, but the change has logic and simplicity behind it. We don’t have to adopt it—it’s just style—but we probably should.
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.
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.
A copyeditor's worklife is spent in anonymous toiling, but every year the American Copy Editors Society places two copyeditors up on a pedestal so others can honor them for their contributions to the craft. This year, Katharine O’Moore-Klopf and Alex Cruden are celebrated.