Earlier this week, a story on Business Insider about dialectal differences in American English went viral. Originally the post was titled “22 Maps That Show the Deepest Linguistic Conflicts in America”; it has now been retitled “22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other” and has garnered over 23 million hits.
It’s not often that a copyeditor’s stock in trade makes mainstream news. In today’s News Roundup: the words we used to discuss the Boston marathon bombings*, the possible dark fate of DARE*, and how immigration enriches English.
Copyediting Newsletter and the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) are hosting a freelancers happy hour on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m.—also known as ACES Conference Eve (conference attendance is not required). If you’re a freelancing copyeditor, have been in the past, would like to be in the future, or if you’re someone who hires freelance copyeditors, join us for free appetizers and drinks for purchase at the Market Street Bar in the Ballpark Hilton (1 South Broadway).
Spring is in the air on the calendar, and the Oxford English Dictionary Online has made its first quarterly update of 2013. The OED Online includes “more than 600,000 words”—the full text of the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary plus all of the revision work that has been done for the new edition.