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It’s a holiday here in Canada today. Well, actually, our official national birthday holiday is tomorrow: July 1, Canada Day. But it’s the first weekend kids are out of school, it’s SUMMER weather (yes, with all caps) and, really, how much work are you going to get done today, the one work day between days off. Therefore, most offices are not open today; in Canada. Friday, the USA will virtually shut down for Independence Day.
Your clients in other countries are all still working on these national holidays. How do you handle their expectations that you will be answering emails and phone calls as usual? Here are some options:
- Move the office dock-side, and do take those calls and answer the emails, even if only with a perfunctory “Nice to hear from you. I’m just away...
Posting first, fact-checking after is no longer uncommon for journalists in the age of instant publishing, according to a new survey of international journalists.The survey found that 45 percent of journalists say that at least 60 percent of what they publish is done without checking facts beforehand. Only 20 percent of journalists say they always check their facts before publishing.
The survey provides more evidence of a decreasing lack of respect for the truth, meaning the...Read More »
In today’s News Roundup, we look at ways to do copyediting better. Read on, and improve your skills!
- “Corrections Should Be Accurate, Not Misleading”: What’s the best way to handle corrections? (The Buttry Diary)
- “Define Your Goals the Night Before”: If you start your day with email, you’ve already lost the battle. (99U)
- “The Business of Editing: Walking the Line”: All your experience and all of your author’s trust do not mean you can skip querying. (An American Editor)
They’re one of those weak links in the quality control chain; up there with the spine copy and author’s name. Everyone skips over these elements; so systematically checking captions along with those others is an excellent way to earn your keep as the copy editor or proofreader.
The caption for the photo above says they are mackerel, but are they?
The Editors' Association of Canada’s Professional Editorial Standards place caption checking clearly in the domain of every stage of editing: substantive (B8), copy editing (D9 and D13), and proofreading (E8).
Checklists are an excellent quality control tool, as...Read More »
Last time, the Tip of the Week caused confusion with some readers. This sentence was at the heart of it:
I have written this account in penitence and in grief, as a man who failed to raise his pig, and to explain my deviation from the classic course of so many raised pigs. The grave in the woods is unmarked, but Fred can direct the mourner to it unerringly and with immense good will.—E. B. White, “Death of a Pig”
I noted that there were two instances of faulty parallelism, both of which might be hard to spot:
- As a man who...
Copyeditors are paid to correct the language. Today’s News Roundup reminds us that a healthy language is a moving target.
- “Guest Post: Throwing Stones”: Caring about language does not mean ignoring the evidence. (A Thing About Words)
- “How Social Media Is Changing Language”: Social media isn’t just giving us new words and syntax, it’s changing how we communicate. (OxfordWords)
- “New Words – 23 June 2014”: Do you worry about cyber hijacking or creeping? (About Words)
Vulcan Inc. is seeking a writer/editor to join its corporate communications team in Seattle, Washington. Brother and sister Paul G. and Jody Allen established Vulcan in 1986 as a private umbrella company for diverse business interests. Today, Vulcan businesses include real estate, media production, investments, professional sports teams, event and community venues, air-launch research and development, and a number of nonprofit and philanthropic endeavors.
The writer/editor will research, write, and edit news releases, newsletters, Web copy, an employee blog, invitation and sponsorship materials, internal and external documents, and other projects assigned by and for the director of communications and media and the creative...Read More »
Many symbols are so common that Word has preset autocorrects based on the way they are usually typed: (C) becomes ©, ... becomes …, and 1/2 becomes ½.
For other special characters, you can either type the related ASCII code or open Word’s Symbol Browser (shown below). On a Mac, that is found on the Insert menu under Symbol. Here common symbols are arranged into groups to make them easier to find.
Of course, there are a large number of other symbols in hundreds of fonts. For the fewest slip-ups, stick to the same font as the surrounding text. In the Advanced Symbol window, that...Read More »
As soon as our area students are released for vacation, summertime is ON. Here in the United States, though, the official start of summer lags a bit behind that mad dash for the school exits. The summer solstice, the first official day of summer, is finally here tomorrow, June 21. And it looks like it’ll be appropriately summerlike temperatures for most of us.
You’ll need to take frequent rest and rehydration breaks during your summer revels. We suggest pairing those breaks with some reading or word play. Here’s a summer-themed word game to get you started. Use the clue to complete the word or phrase; the last part of each word or phrase is the first part of the next. [Difficulty level: easy to moderate]
[summer][_ _ _ _] ...Read More »
The data-analyzing folks at FiveThirtyEight sought to assess where America stands on the Oxford comma, and the results told us very little. A survey of 1,129 people found 57 percent favor a serial comma when presented with a simple series and 43 percent said leave it out. Presumably, “I don’t care” was not an option.
In my experience, the Oxford comma elicits the most passion among its proponents, many of whom have expressed solidarity with me on the assumption that, as a thinking man, I must support its use. I do have an opinion, but it is probably unsatisfactory to anyone who has a strong feeling on the matter.
Using the example...Read More »