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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:40am
Erin Brenner
Tip of the Week: The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

Central adjectives are said to meet four requirements:

  • They can be used attributively in a noun phrase.
  • They can follow copular verbs.
  • They can be modified by intensifying words.
  • They have comparative and superlative forms.

That’s according to the second edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar, just published by Oxford University Press.

If you’re not sure what’s meant by attributively, copular, intensifying, comparative, or superlative, you can check out their definitions elsewhere in the book. Or you could read all the adjective-...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 5:30am
Erin Brenner
04/22/14 News Roundup: Editorial Methods

Featured Topic: Editorial Methods

How can you edit quickly but correctly? John McIntyre gives you guidelines, and we got two usage lessons to put to work. In today’s News Roundup.

  • Here’s How We Do It”: The secret of how to make edits “quickly and decisively.” (You Don’t Say)
  • Which Side Are You On?”: The phrase wrong side of history has being used a lot lately. Should it be? (Lingua Franca)
  • Phase or Faze?”: This quick lesson will help you keep phase and faze straight. (LibroEditing)
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Monday, April 21, 2014 - 2:48pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
WSJ logo and selection of famous "hedcut" sketches

Dow Jones is seeking deputy technology editors to join its Wall Street Journal teams in San Francisco and New York. Established in 1889, the Wall Street Journal has 2.2 million U.S. subscribers., which went online in 1996, has 36 million monthly viewers around the global.

The deputy technology editor will supervise a team of beat reporters.

This full-time position requires skills and experience with reporting and editing, familiarity with technology news, and a working knowledge of social media.

For more information and to apply, please see the posting on the...

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Monday, April 21, 2014 - 8:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
5 Ways to Select Text

These keyboard shortcuts can increase both the speed and the accuracy of selecting text to cut, copy, or style. They are especially good when precision is required, or when a very large chunk is concerned. These methods work in Word as well as in most other software. Windows equivalents are provided following the Mac instructions.:

  1. Hold shift while you arrow across, up or down. Hold the arrow key down to advance rapidly. (shift + arrow)
  2. Click at the start of what you want to select, then use the slider bar at the side of the window to find the end point. Hold shift while you click at the end. (same)
  3. Hold shift and option while you use the right and left arrows to jump forward or back one word at a time. (shift + ctrl + right/left arrow)
  4. ...
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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:48am
Mark Allen
Punctuation Book is a Good Guide to Perplexing Problems

An important addition to the canon of practical usage guides went on sale this week: June Casagrande’s The Best Punctuation Book, Period.

Casagrande’s boldly titled book covers the established rules of punctuation, but it doesn’t shy away from odd constructions (where would you put a hyphen in “too widely known fact”? How do you make a movie title possessive when style calls for putting titles in quotation marks?). Copyeditors are regularly stopped cold by such peculiarities, and most guides don’t spend time in the world of coin-toss copyediting. Casagrande is not afraid to admit language is messy.

To help her tackle issues about which the big style guides are silent or vague,...

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:10am
Mark Allen
AP Stylebook Adds Weather Terms We'd Like to Forget

The Associated Press Stylebook that went to press this week includes three updates to its weather terms: derecho, polar vortex, and storm surge.

One would hope we’ve seen the last of the polar vortex, and no one wants a derecho or storm surge, either. The terms are not new—we’ve certainly been talking about storm surges for years in relation to hurricanes—but they have gained currency recently, starting out as the lingo of meteorologists and then jumping to popular use.

And why not? These are some pretty cool words.

Derecho is a borrowing from Spanish, where as an adverb it means direct or straight...

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
News Roundup: Finding Work

Featured Topic: Finding Work

Today’s News Roundup includes stories that teach you to use Twitter and the Internet in general for finding work.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:03am
Mark Allen
Most -ic Words Need an -ally, but Not Publicly

We so often form adverbs by adding -ally to a root: radically, politically, exponentially. When it comes to public, it just feels right to form the adverb as publically.

We also form many adverbs simply by adding -ly: slowly, hardly, firmly. The adverb form of public follows that pattern: publicly.

A morning search of news websites finds plenty of examples of the publically error: BBC News, ESPN, the Daily Mail all needlessly added al in the past day.

I’ve often heard it said that the word is publicly because you don’t do something in a publical manner. True, but we don’t do things in a frantical manner either...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:45pm
Adrienne Montgomerie
Write Off Conference Costs—Tax Tip for Canadian Freelancers

You already know to keep every receipt, right? Let your accountant sort out what can be deducted. According to the Canada Revenue Agency, “There are expenses you can incur to earn income, other than those listed on Form T2125, Statement of Business or Professional Activities.” Among the more common expenses they list are “Convention Costs.”

Any convention that relates to your professional activity is eligible. That includes the annual June conference of the Editors’ Association of Canada (nine days left...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 8:30am
Erin Brenner
Tip of the Week: Navigating the Wild West of Language Advice

It’s wonderful to see so many articles about words and language being published. What language lover doesn’t thrill to discover something new about a word or usage?

Spitting image should be spit and image? Got it. Not that can be used in formal texts, too? Great.

But as with every other topic on the Internet, you can find a lot of misinformation out there, too. Decimate doesn’t just mean “to kill every...

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