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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:20am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: Journalism and the Right Word

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.

The Right Word

The Right Word: Correcting Commonly Confused, Misspelled, and Misused Words by Elizabeth Morrison is designed for student writers and business professionals wanting to improve their writing skills. Morrison, a writing teacher and journalist,...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:25am
Erin Brenner
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07/29/14 News Roundup: Vocabulary and Its Usage

Can you be combulated while working at your standing desk? That would be so fun! Find out in today’s News Roundup.

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:35pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Job opening: News Editor for WSJ.com Greater New York section

Dow Jones is seeking a news editor to join its Wall Street Journal Greater New York team. WSJ has 36 million monthly online viewers and a thriving Greater New York section that includes the real-time reporting and news blog Metropolis.

The news editor will manage the daily online news coverage of the WSJ Greater New York section, including assigning and editing news and features, writing Metropolis posts, and engaging in interactive projects and social media.

This full-time position requires advanced copyediting skills, mastery of AP style...

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 8:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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How to Edit the VIP

Editors are used to phrasing diplomatic queries. Nearly everyone has interacted with an author who sees every suggestion as a personal attack. But it can be even harder to edit some authors’ words: those written by the CEO, the Principal, your boss, or the “foremost authority on X,” for example. How do you tell “the most important person” that their prose need major revision?

Those Very Important People are less likely to be used to criticism. And though their abilities have brought them into a position of great respect and influence, those abilities probably aren’t related to writing. Writing is hard; and it’s a completely different skillset that they may not have cultivated.

Inconsistencies, infelicities, libel, atrocious grammar, racist colloquialisms, and plagiarism...

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 5:20am
copyediting
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Newsletter Sneak Peek: Project Documentation as Prevention and Cure

by Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, ELS

We freelance editors like to think we can avoid many issues that staff editors must deal with. But two issues we can’t sidestep are the need to document our actions on each project and the need to manage the discussion when we are mistakenly blamed for project problems. Yes, sometimes we are at fault, but that’s a topic for another column.

How You Should Document

If you document everything you do during a project, you can use your records to stay on track as you go. You can also use them later to jog your memory, to determine ways to improve your work processes, and even to defend your reputation if a client incorrectly believes that you are at...

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 4:09pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Wordoku: Sudoku for Wordies, Summer's Bounty Edition

Farmers markets, garden plots, window boxes -- summer produce is beginning to appear everywhere you look. If you’re among those who have put in the labor to nurse fruits and vegetables into existence or to search out the best of summer’s bounty in the markets and shops, may you be blessed with the best basketfuls of produce. And only as many of your neighbor’s cucumbers and zucchinis as you want.

To correctly solve our bountiful Wordoku, make sure that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once [difficulty: moderate]:  

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Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:19am
Mark Allen
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With Poor Wording, a Crash Blossoms

Headline writers love to pile up nouns to get as much information as possible into limited space. But many words in English are the same whether nouns, verbs or adjectives, often leading to ambiguous results.

That’s where the copyeditor comes in—when there is a copyeditor handy to come in.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press tweeted:

BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven.

There was no crash landing of a plane carrying victims. The victims of a crash landed in the Netherlands.

There is nothing grammatically wrong...

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 2:39pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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'Literally' webcomic from http://xkcd.com/725; "Word Crimes" video detail

By education and career choice, I am a moderate prescriptivist (with descriptivist sympathies).* In my personal communication, I carefully “couldn’t care less” and I enjoy the game of keeping fewer and less in distinct count and non-count realms. In my professional life, I edit or query any nonstandard usage. It’s part of what my clients pay me to do. So I was surprised to realize that I had, for the first time, used literally to describe something that wasn’t literal -- and that I was okay with it.

Full Confession

I used the non-literal meaning of literally in a comment to a writer this week while I was editing. And I don't regret it. Please finish reading before you come to revoke my professional-editor...

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:28pm
Mark Allen
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Weird Al Has More to Say About Language
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 5:25am
Erin Brenner
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07/24/14 News Roundup: The Editing Life

Today’s News Roundup continues the conversation on ethics in editing, advises on approaches to resolving conflicts, and shares thoughts on what makes a great editor.

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