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A while back, a reader sent me this sentence:
Given the limits of this plan, the alternative proposal seems more practical.
She correctly identified given the limits of this plan as an absolute participial phrase and an exception to the dangling participle rule. She wanted to know, however, if an absolute phrase could ever be used incorrectly and how editors could tell if it were.
A Few Definitions
Let’s back up and define our terms first. A participle is a verb ending in –ing or –ed (or the verb’s irregular equivalent) and used as an adjective or a noun. A participial phrase is made up of a participle and related modifiers and...Read More »
Herald-Mail Media is seeking a part-time assistant lifestyle editor to join its team in Hagerstown, Maryland. Created by the merger of the Morning Herald and the Daily Mail in 2007, the daily Herald-Mail serves the tri-state area of western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and northeastern West Virginia. It has an average daily readership of about 60,000 and receives 3 million online pageviews per month.
The assistant lifestyles editor will edit lifestyle stories, a daily calendar of events, and weekly entertainment guides; layout and proof Lifestyle pages; and present lifestyle information and stories on cable news HMTV6.
This part-time position requires a bachelor’s degree in communications, English, or...Read More »
To use profanity is to employ an element of language that can have rich meaning and purpose. To use profanity is to cheapen discourse and risk offending readers.
These statements are not in opposition; both are true, and the fact that they coexist makes for a difficult decision as to when to allow swearing in print.
Jesse Sheidlower makes “The Case for Profanity in Print” in today's New York Times, saying that leaving offensive words out of print deprives readers of necessary information. In an op ed piece bereft of offensive language, Sheidlower, president of...Read More »
Here is a little word game for your Friday. See if you can spot all of the words hidden. They all relate to copyediting.
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A copyeditor's worklife is spent in anonymous toiling, but every year the American Copy Editors Society places two copyeditors up on a pedestal so others can honor them for their contributions to the craft. This year, Katharine O’Moore-Klopf and Alex Cruden are celebrated.
The ACES Robinson Prize, won by O’Moore-Klopf, recognizes substantial contributions to the craft of copyediting and excellence in overall copyediting skills. The ACES Glamann Award, won by Cruden, recognizes people and organizations that have contributed to ACES and the craft of copyediting.
Both awards, named for founders of ACES, were presented during the 18th annual ACES national conference a week ago in Las Vegas.
I had the honor of nominating and then...Read More »
Natalie Mueller is the founder of Chicago Copywriters. She is about to make the transition from corporate to full time freelancer. When she is not lost in the written word, she can be found onstage around Chicago working on her comedy improv.
How long have you been a copywriter, how’d you get into it, what’s your current position, and how long have you had it?
My copywriter journey is a little unique. My background (read: education etc) is in creative writing and theatre performance, so naturally, I’m a sucker for a good story. I found copywriting as a point of creative solace...one that would actually pay me to write their stories. I’...Read More »
Yooper a word describing a resident of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is now ensconced in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary. As the father of two native Yoopers, I’m firmly in support.
The word was brought to the attention of Merriam-Webster editors through a campaign by Steve Parks, prosecuting attorney for Michigan's Delta County. Emily Brewster, associate editor at Merriam, was on hand via Skype for Monday’s announcement at a news conference in Escanaba, Mich.
The listing was added to the online Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary this week. It gives Yooper as a capitalized...Read More »
I remember the fuss and frustration from my teachers when they had to make the switch from teaching imperial measure to teaching metric. Metric hasn’t entirely stuck in Canada. Some things we measure in metric, others in imperial. It’s the simperial system I’ve been writing about lately. It’s not as simple as saying that distance is measured in metric (SI units) and weight is measured in imperial. No, we mix it up more than that, and an editor adapting a text needs to know what units apply in what situations.
My 8-year-old only knows his weight in pounds, because that’s what the bathroom scale shows; even though I’d much rather announce “I weigh 70 kg.” (My son weighs 70 lbs., by way of comparison.)
Many times...Read More »
Craig Silverman is passionate about the responsibility we have to the truth, and he wants copyeditors in particular to remember that responsibility. Silverman, founder of the blog and writer of the book, Regret the Error, about media corrections, was the keynote speaker at the American Copy Editors Society national conference last week.
He called in his after-dinner speech for vigilance against falsehoods borne of a desire for website clicks or, increasingly, quiet but deliberate manipulation for a social or political ends. In some ways, he was preaching to the choir, but not entirely. I have...Read More »
Featured Topic: Freelancing
This week’s roundup is all about running your freelance business, with advice on how to structure your business, brand it, and keep it running smoothly.
- “10 Great Apps for Busy Freelancers: Accounting, Contracts, etc.”: Productivity is vital to freelancers. These apps can help you become more productive. (Freelancers Union Blog)
- “The Business of Editing: Branding”: How does an editor create a brand? (The Proofreader’s Parlour)
- “Should My Freelance Writing Business Be an LLC?”: Options for structuring an editorial business. (Dr....