The Copyediting team is neck deep in putting together our October–November issue for you. One of the great things about having several copyeditors working on the newsletter is what we learn from each other. Here are two problems we came across this issue.
Outside of vs. Outside
When outside is used as a preposition, the argument goes, of does not need to follow it. As in this sentence from Ask the Editor:
Then, in a sentence that followed along naturally, he used the phrase “viable alternative,” and I marveled at how quickly he had learned the language of government. Longley likes the word “input” and on taking office accepted a $15,000 input to his salary.
After a long dry spell of books to review, I now have a stack on my desk wanting my attention. In an effort to review books for you before they hit the remainder bin at your local bookstore, this week’s Tip covers two dictionary-style books: The Right Word and The Oxford Dictionary of Journalism.