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We’ve given you the basics, we’ve talked about participating in Twitter chats, and we’ve helped you learn the lingo. If you’ve jumped in and have found the interesting, helpful, tweet-prolific community of editors and others on Twitter, you might be wondering how to better filter and organize the experience. It’s time to tame the tweets.
A great way to tame the general Twitter world (and to find interesting people and accounts to follow) is to search for keywords and hashtags that appeal to you. For the most part, however, it’s not all of...Read More »
Featured Topic: Language Theory
Though it sometimes causes headaches, copyeditors need a little language theory now and again to keep up with changes. In today’s News Roundup: why you can keep the reason why, the problem with the phrase “correct grammar,” and the fallacy of those ultraconserved words.
- “The Reason Why This Is Correct”: A reason not to edit the reason why. (Arrant Pedantry)
- “Michael Gove and “Correct Grammar”: Let Me Explain This Slowly”: Why “correct grammar” is a misnomer. (The Guardian)
- “Do ‘Ultraconserved Words’ Reveal Linguistic...
Copyeditors and other creative types and word-workers were surprised by recent developments with two online resources: Adobe’s entire line of Creative Suite (CS), now Creative Cloud (CC), software and The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE).
As TechCrunch puts it, Adobe is going “all-in with subscription-based...Read More »
In the early 1900s, Anna Jarvis campaigned to make Mother’s Day an official holiday because she wanted to honor her mother after she had passed away and thought others should honor their mothers, present or passed. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, founded Mothers’ Day Work Clubs that focused on sanitation. Anna’s petition was finally successful in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a national holiday. Today mothers are celebrated on the second Sunday of May with phone calls, flowers, cards, photos, brunches, outings, gifts, and special attention.
When Anna petitioned for a Mother’s Day, she specifically wanted the singular possessive form. She wanted to emphasize the personalized honoring of one’...Read More »
Featured Topic: Tech Advice
It used to be an editor’s tools were paper and pen(cil)s. The world is more complicated these days. In today’s News Roundup: how to edit documents on an iPad, why you should buy Adobe software now, and how to add a second monitor to your setup.
- “Editing Word Documents on an iPad”: Why not edit on your iPad from the beach this summer? (Working Mac)
- “Adobe Goes All-In With Subscription-Based Creative Cloud, Will Stop Selling Regular CS Licenses & Shrink-Wrapped Boxes”: You might want to buy the last boxed version now. (TechCrunch)
Western Psychological Services (WPS) is seeking an editor to join its team in Torrance, California. Torrance is in southwestern Los Angeles County, near Redondo and Manhattan Beach, and was one of the finalist in the 2011 “All-American City Award.” Established in 1948 to help WWII veterans readjust to civilian life, WPS now provides assessment and therapy materials for psychology and education professionals around the world. The Creative Therapy Store is a division of WPS.
The editor will edit and proofread assessments, manuals, marketing materials, books, and other documents; help...Read More »
Featured Topic: Working as a Copyeditor
Are copyeditor prescriptivists? Nitpickers? Help John McIntyre find the right word. Then check out these tips for working more efficiently and wrestling Word’s comment balloons into proper shape.
- “Who Do You Say I Am?”: Copyeditors must balance applying rules with allowing for changes in the language. What the heck do you call that? (You Don’t Say)
- “The Commandments: Thou Shall Be Efficient”: Efficiency is a copyeditor’s friend. How you can become more efficient. (An American Editor)
- “What to Do If Your Comment Boxes Are Too Big...
There’s something diverting about getting food before you get your meal. But that’s exactly what appetizers are. Of course, in many restaurants in the U.S. today, the appetizers menu includes dishes that will satisfy your hunger, not just stimulate your appetite. Unless you’re sharing with a large group, many of today’s appetizers can’t really be considered appetizers at all. Which got me thinking about appetizers of the past.
The Italian antipasto was the first pre-meal word to hit English. First used in 1590, Italian cured meats and pickled vegetables were making their “before meal” appearances in the English vernacular. Not until a century and a quarter later (1714) did the...Read More »
See the previous posts in this series on costly issues for additional information on the top three costly manuscript issues that copyeditors can help authors and publishers spot and avoid: copyright, attribution, and libel. Attribution, Part 1 expanded on the basics and gave some helpful resources for specific fields and genres. This post describes the attribution issues that should raise a flag and what you can do to check them.
When to Throw an Attribution Flag
Occasionally, missing or incorrect attribution will be obvious....Read More »
Featured Topic: Style
Today’s News Roundup looks at style: how periods create an author’s writing style, when to use ibid., and AMA’s style for dealing with footnotes positioned next to each other.
- “New Questions and Answers”: This month, the editors at Chicago answer questions on the use of ibid., per annum, and more. (The Chicago Manual of Style Online)
- “Questions From Users of the Manual”: What do you do if two footnotes appear next to each other in a table? (AMA Style Insider)
- “Full Stop”: Where periods are placed and how they are...