I once drove the logging roads of Marquette County, Michigan, following a local band, Da Yoopers, as they visited various hunting camps. The band was looking for a site for a video of their 1986 regional hit, “Second Week of Deer Camp” (apologies in advance if you decide to click the link), and I was taking a break from copyediting to cover the story for the Mining Journal newspaper.
Easy reading is the goal of most editors. Plain Language is a set of principles that focus on structure as well as on style and language. You can get a quick introduction to the principles of plain language in The Canadian Style,free online. (This applies to non-fiction more readily than it applies to fiction.)
Summertime, and the living is… causing sunburns. Usually just an annoyance, sunburns can be life threatening in those whose health is compromised; especially if the burn is deep and/or covers a large area.
Usually, sunburns stay within the first and second degree range.
Most men don't tend to compliment other men on their choice of clothing, but I always get an approving word from strangers when I put on a bow tie. I've had men cross a room to compliment my tie. Perhaps they feel I need encouragement.
Monday marks the 30th anniversary of Live Aid, one of the largest global music events ever held. Organized in a scramble of less than 10 weeks by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for relief efforts in Ethiopia, the live, double-venue concert was held in both London and Philadelphia and was televised in more than 100 countries. With 75 acts performing, 150,000 people attending the live events, and more than a billion watching on TV, the concert raised over $150 million.
Despite the association with what happens to any toilet on a regular basis, it is not unusual to see people “flush out an idea.” Some ideas certainly deserve such treatment, but the phrase is “flesh out an idea.” Or flesh out the details, story, plan, etc.
It’s an odd concept, to add flesh to something intangible, like an idea. Flesh as a verb is first recorded in the 16th century with various meanings related to giving your hunting bird a bit of the kill or plunging a sword into someone (“Don’t make me flesh you.”)