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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:48amDawn McIlvain Stahl0
The writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood. … Even where the sense is perfectly clear, a sentence may be deprived of half its force, its spirit, its point, by improper punctuations.
― Edgar Allan Poe, “Marginalia” [free e-book]
Copyeditors know, better than most, just how essential punctuation can be. It doesn’t just accessorize writing; it supports the writer’s intentions and guides the reader’s understanding.
Tomorrow, September 24, is one of our favorite days here on Copyediting. It’s National Punctuation Day, and we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate―beginning now! In our [Pun]ctuation Play...Read More »
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 8:20amErin Brenner0
Recently reader Therese Myers asked about choosing the correct past tense of a verb. Is it lighted or lit? Dived or dove? Strived or strove?
Light, dive, and strive have both regular (–ed) and irregular past tense forms. How did that happen? And how do you know which variant to use?
How Did We Get the Variants?
The short answer is because people are inconsistent and in these cases both variants have been widely used. The longer answer differs by the word we’re discussing.
Dive and strive are known as weak verbs. That is, the vowel sound stays the same in all forms, according to the...Read More »
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 5:20amErin Brenner0
A healthy work-life balance is a big challenge for freelance editors. Three ideas for maintaining your sanity. In today’s News Roundup.
- “Say “No” in a Way That Gets You More Gigs”: Three steps to getting a would-be client to call another time. (Freelancers Union Blog)
- “On the Basics: A Fifth Commandment: Thou Shall Be Prepared”: Put the Boy Scout motto in action, and be prepared for what freelancing throws at you. (An American Editor)
- “Three Easy to Steps to Create a Stress-Free Work-Life Balance When Working from Home”: To begin, decide how many hours you’ll work in a day. (SfEP Blog...
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:15amDawn McIlvain Stahl0
The Cleveland Museum of Art is seeking an assistant editor to join its exhibitions and publications team. Founded 101 years ago, the newly renovated and expanded museum is located in the University Circle neighborhood. It charges no admission, has more than 45,000 items in its collections, and reported nearly 600,000 visitors in its most recent fiscal year (press release).
The assistant editor will review, edit, and proofread a variety of informational and promotional materials, including booklets and brochures, catalog copy, labels and interpretive graphics...Read More »#EditingJobs, Assistant Editor, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, DMS, Editing Nonfiction, editor job, featured job post, museum, nonprofit