In a historic referendum with record voter turnout, Scotland voted to remain within the United Kingdom. More than 85 percent of the nation’s voters participated, answering the simple ballot question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” With 55 percent answering “no,” Scotland preserved a union with England that began over 300 years ago.
One day, we might be able to attend conferences of copyeditors virtually, with multiple cameras in every room transmitting conference proceedings and picking up bits of conversation as copyeditors meet over coffee, tea, or wine, depending on the time of day. Until then, we at least have Twitter, and I’ve already created a TweetDeck column for #SfEP14, the hashtag for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders conference in Royal Holloway, just west of London.
Mignon Fogarty has given millions of people greater confidence in their ability to follow the confusing conventions of our language. To do that, she became a pioneer in podcasting, built the Quick and Dirty Tips empire, and developed a successful brand as Grammar Girl.
Scrabble is a game of strategy, probability, mathematics, and knowledge of obscure words—probably ill-suited to most copyeditors, who focus on the practical use of words. No matter. Copyeditors love anything to do with words, and so one of the great sporting events on a copyeditors calendar took place last week in Buffalo, N.Y.
In the same week Oxford Dictionaries announced the inclusion of amazeballs, binge-watch, clickbait and many other new words into its online edition, the Toronto Globe and Mail asked a compelling question: Who is speaking up for Canadian English?
I long ago professed love and appreciation for the semicolon. It might not be the most useful punctuation mark, and it’s certainly not the most emphatic. But it is the most optional, and that makes it interesting.