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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 3:59pmDawn McIlvain Stahl0
If you over-imbibed on all the Grammar Day activities, posts, chats, and contests this week, here’s the perfect chaser: a Wordoku puzzle. It keeps things verbal by using letters instead of numbers, but it provides the same calming, orderly fun of traditional Sudoku.
To correctly solve the Wordoku, make sure that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once:
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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 10:37amMark Allen1
National Grammar Day is hard to contain in just one day or within the borders of one nation. Of course, every day is grammar day to a copyeditor
National Grammar Day is March 4, easy to remember because it can be said as “march forth,” which is a sentence in itself with imperative verb and implied subject. Of course, “march fourth” also is a sentence, theoretically useful for establishing the order of bands in a parade.
There is, as yet, no parade for National Grammar Day, but there is a lot of buzz and contests and baked goods. Three simultaneous grammar-related discussions occurred at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday. Copyediting hosted a...Read More »
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 1:03pmMark Allen0
There is certainly something poetic about the word ellipsis, which figured in several entries to the National Grammar Day Tweeted Haiku Contest. Two of the top 10 winners featured the punctuation mark.
Birdseed scattered on
melting snow. Ellipsis points
between winter and spring.
Julie Linden (@julieatlife) won third place with that one. And Lisa Cherett (@LCherrett) earned fifth-place honors with:
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three little dots unfettered
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 12:41pmAdrienne Montgomerie1
The file was in a right hot mess. Cue editing stage sub-1: panic. The publisher wanted end notes created using Word’s built-in End Note feature. Numbering was to restart with each chapter. The author submitted this:
- footnotes numbered using Word’s feature, but with no content in the linked footnote area at the bottom of each page
- separate file of 633 footnotes, numbered using Word’s numbered list feature
- one more numbered note than there were footnote numbers in the file
The books I work on do not have footnotes or end notes, so you might imagine how paralyzed I felt with this first introduction. It's enought to make you strip the keys off your keyboard.
"To the interweb!"
On Facebook, I asked my network of colleagues if there...Read More »