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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 2:23pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Screen shots from "Word Crimes," a parody by Weird Al Yankovic

There’s a new grammar/language parody in town and editors are hitting “share” and “retweet” at near-record speeds.*

Pop culture and copyediting matters rarely intersect. When they do, they tend to register large on our radar. Some are particularly helpful and have surprising staying power. Hyperbole and a Half’s “Alot” hit the web more than four years ago, and I’m happy that people are still discovering it. I’m not sure whether...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 8:25am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: 8 Tips for Maintaining Editorial Ethics

Over at An American Editor, several editors, myself included, have been discussing whether there’s need for certifying copyediting professionals in the United States. Last week, Rich Adin brought up the absence of ethical standards specific to all copyeditors.

Certainly, every professional should follow some basic ethics that guide us toward treating others fairly and with respect...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 5:25am
Erin Brenner
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07/15/14 News Roundup: Problems in the Publishing World

We look at some big publishing questions in today’s News Roundup: Why are fraudulent authors allowed to keep publishing? What’s the problem with extending copyright protection? And why are university press books so expensive?

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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:31pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Job opening: Managing Editor for American Library Association Books in Chicago

The American Library Association (ALA) publishing department is seeking a managing editor in Chicago. The publishing department provides print and digital materials for librarians, to help them develop professionally, improve library services, and promote its vision of the “importance of libraries, literacy and free access to information.”

The managing editor will oversee the copyediting and editorial production of books. Tasks will include assessing manuscripts; assigning and overseeing the work of project editors, freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers; coordinating developmental edits; and working with acquisition editors and production and design...

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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 8:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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How to Find Non-Printing Characters

Last week we looked at what non-printing characters do, how to insert them, and what they look like when you tell Word to show them. This week we look at how to find those hidden light-blue non-printing characters using Word’s Find function rather than your tired little eyes. If you have to replace one of these non-printing characters or troubleshoot layout, you’ll be glad to know this find function.

In Word, open the Search panel or the Advanced Find and Replace dialogue box (from the Edit menu). In the Find field, type the code for the character you are looking (key exactly what you see the table below). Or, select one of the codes from the drop-down menu opened from the down triangle to...

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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 3:55pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Happy E.B. White Birthday! A Copyediting.com word game

Perhaps best known among editors as the “White” of “Strunk and White,” E. B. White was born on this day, July 11, in 1899. Before he co-authored the popular 1959 style manual for writers, White wrote the now-classic children’s books Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. He was also a writer and contributing editor for The New Yorker magazine, the author of The Trumpet of the Swan, and the recipient of both a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a National Medal...

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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:41am
Mark Allen
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Ethical Discussions are Valuable for Copyeditors

Copyeditor discussion forums often turn to ethical issues as copyeditors seek reassurances about their dealings with difficult situations. Copyeditors don’t have common coursework to draw on. We are former journalists, English teachers, college professors, lawyers, marketers and fresh-out-of-college wordsmiths. Questions of ethics feel different depending on where we come from.

Editor Richard Adin suggested this week that we should do something about that. Adin’s blog, An American Editor, often serves as a starting point and a forum for discussion of issues affecting the copyediting community. So it was June 23, when Erin Brenner,...

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Editing, News
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:00am
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World Cup Fever: Football Idioms from around the World

With the final two games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup happening this weekend, the language of football (or “soccer,” depending on which side of the Atlantic you’re on) seems to have taken over the planet. While copyeditors are known for loving new words, this sudden flood of footy talk can be a baffling experience.

Yet our everyday language is packed with football-derived or -related expressions, applicable to a variety of contexts. This post will help you brush up your football jargon so you—and your authors—can communicate with the most devoted fans.

Knowing the Score

For over a century football has been a rich source of idioms for a...

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News, Vocabulary
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 10:15am
Mark Allen
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Luxurious, Luxuriant are Cousins with Distinct Meanings

The first time someone wrote luxurious, in a story called Arthur and Merlin, he meant lascivious, lecherous or unchaste, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. That was around 1330. Arthur and Merlin, by the way, also gives us the first recorded use of the insult biche-sone, or son of a bitch.

Luxury comes from a Latin word, luxus, which is fairly neutral and means abundance. But the idea of luxury was originally negative in English, having to do with, at the least, self-indulgence. Now, we can have luxury faucets on our bathtub and not be too embarrassed. That more mild idea of luxury was first expressed in the 17th century.

The OED lacks an...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 6:01am
Erin Brenner
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07/10/14 News Roundup: How We Work

For your Thursday reading pleasure, the News Roundup offers counsel on editing ethics, a tip for improved accuracy, and how to settle workplace disputes. Read on!

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Hey, nice catch. Thanks for leaving the comment. I've corrected the term in the piece, and added it to my macro that flags commonly-confused words.
Adrienne Montgomerie
Speaking Summer, Canadian Style
I like your column, this can be tricky diction. And nasty spellcheck has bedevilled you with the "flare/flair" problem, worsened I think since the
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Speaking Summer, Canadian Style