Featured Topic: Usable Usage
Let’s start the week off with a bang, copyeditors. Today’s News Roundup looks at three language hot buttons. Where do you stand?
Featured Topic: Useable Usage
How do you keep up with changing usage and faulty rules? By reading today’s News Roundup, of course!
Featured Topic: Dealing with Grammar Advice
These days grammar advice abounds, but not all of good or about grammar. In today’s News Roundup, thoughts on the quality of advice and how to take the advice.
Featured Topic: Changing Usage
Copyeditors have the nearly impossible job of pinning down language long enough to share meaning between writer and reader. In today’s News Roundup, lessons in changing usage.
Featured Topic: Revising Usage
Today’s News Roundup looks at several usage rules that aren’t. Let them go, and edit easier.
Featured Topic: Vagaries of Language
Copyeditors work hard to get copy just right. Yet we can’t achieve perfection and we must allow for the vagaries of language. In today’s News Roundup.
In today’s News Roundup: “Before you move in to correct the next guy who uses ‘decimate’ to mean ‘to utterly destroy,’ consider: is this the hill you want to die on?” and other sage words of advice.
Featured Topic: Usage Debates and Peevery
The Web is quivering over two “recent” changes in the language. Today’s News Roundup debunks them and encourages readers to find more original pet peeves. (Hey, we’ve all got ’em!)
The word crescendo has been increasingly on the minds of word lovers after music commentator Miles Hoffman insisted in a New York Times op-ed that “as God — along with Bach, Beethoven and Mozart — is my witness, you cannot ‘reach’ a crescendo.”
Featured Topic: Grammar Lessons
Just when you thought you had a handle on grammar: why we don’t split whether to, why we don’t have amn’t, and why placement of only can really matter.
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