Most weeks on Copyediting we feature an “Error of the Week,” which is usually a howler that an editor caught out in the wild or a common error that we tracked down for illustrative purposes. To stay sharp, writers and editors both need occasional reminders and cues about what to fix and how to fix it, and we’ll be returning to that general program soon.
As copyeditors, we have definite opinions about language usage. We’d do well to remember what’s opinion and what’s a rule, John McIntyre reminds us. Still, there are rules we can follow, as our second and third stories demonstrate.
Experienced copyeditors know not all rules apply in all types of copy. Also in today’s News Roundup: the horror of mainstream publishers in the digital print space; how to avoid freelancer burnout; the best way to handle a tough author; and English’s language police.
We love to take apart big speeches. Was Obama’s inaugural address scrutinized fairly or peevishly nitpicked? Also in today’s News Roundup: FT is going digital first, Wordnik’s parent is growing its digital offerings, examining Twitter publishing methods, and untangling wigs.
It’s a new year. What measurements will help you run your business best, freelancers? Also in today’s News Roundup: compared to vs compared with; how to say no; unusual words in The Wall Street Journal; and proving an argument with personal preference.
If today’s editing is causing you to bristle, lighten your mood with Stan Carey’s new game. Also in today’s News Roundup: another case for singular they, online networking on steroids, chatting about freelance editing, and how to format an ebook.
Today’s editing getting under your skin? Try “Usage Peeve Bingo” to lighten your mood. (Sentence First)
What copyeditors can learn from Jodie Foster’s memorable speech. Also in today’s News Roundup: freelancer fears and 10 tips for dealing with them, adjectives that we don’t think are adjectives, and a silly sentence with 15 prepositions.