The word of the year season starts about the time of retail Christmas season. Oxford Dictionaries announced a unanimous choice among its judges of selfie, an 11-year-old word that certainly came into its own in 2013.
Halfway through November is when the thought always strikes me: Time is not going to cut us a break. We are going to be moving toward the end of the year at this seemingly quickened pace no matter what we do. I have a few rituals that help me deal with the holiday-complicated schedules and the general end-of-year pressures. Taking a few leisurely moments to browse end-of-year book lists is one of my favorites.
It was a loss for the book authors who sued, but a victory for free use of information. A ruling in Google’s favor in a complicated lawsuit over its digitization of millions of books may be more of a boon to authors than a royalty check would have been had they won.
Online content is best created offline and then copied onto a web-publishing program. Smart content publishers include a copyeditor in the process. But plenty of content is produced right in WordPress or Blogger or on a social media platform
To add a layer of protection for content producers, the Associated Press Stylebook has introduced a plug-in for popular Web browsers that will check online work for AP Style and scan for other errors. It’s available in beta, and the full release should come in a few weeks.
An Associated Press partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt means a dictionary that seemed dormant has reemerged as a useful tool for journalists, copyeditors and whoever uses the Associated Press Stylebook.
The print edition of Webster’s New World College Dictionary had not been updated in years when Houghton Mifflin bought the title from Wiley & Sons a year ago. This week, the Associated Press Stylebook integrated an updated version of WNW into its online toolkit.
Author Alice Munro, 82, fits neatly into the stereotype of an unassuming Canadian, according to Margaret Atwood., the other giant of Canadian literature. The Nobel prize committee tweeted this early Thursday morning: