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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 »
We’ve been clearing some clutter, and my wife decided to sell a music box that has an impressionist-style scene on the front of ladies with parasols and that plays Debussy’s Reverie. The potential buyer, no doubt motivated by an ironic sense of humor, was disappointed when she realized it did not play the bugle call reveille. So that was a $3 sale lost.
The word reverie has had two senses in English that appeared at different times, both senses referring to a state of being. The word in Old French was synonymous with revelry, meaning wild, wanton behavior. We kept revelry for a lively party.
If you attend a rave, a high-energy, often drug-driven dance party that mixes a sense of...Read More »
Freelance editors have to market themselves constantly. Today’s News Roundup helps you make the most of what you need to do.
- “Cringeworthy Conversational Habits That Make Other People Feel Awkward”: Feel awkward at networking events? Avoid these 8 habits, and you’ll feel much better. (HubSpot)
- “Don’t Forget the ‘Old’ Ways: Marketing Via Letter Writing”: Louise Harnby gives you 10 reasons to write a letter to clients and potential clients. (SfEP)
- “Do You Have to Give Up Your Day Job to Start Freelancing?”: Four reasons why you can start freelancing part time, plus four things to do while you...
Keeping up with change can be daunting, even in a tradition-bound field such as publishing. But if you’re even dreaming about your future, you can feel that hum; that drive for innovation; that need for new skills you can’t even conceive of yet.
How can you spot new trends? Where should you look? How can you find out what you need to be learning?
Last week I shared advice about unplanning your career. The week before that, we heard from Daniel Polowin — the Editors' Association of Canada’s latest student scholarship winner — who said “The best way of adapting to change is by participating in it.”
I had a longer...Read More »
This semester I’ve been teaching Copyediting II in an online certificate program. The middle of three core courses, Copyediting II focuses on what Amy Einsohn calls language editing—grammar, usage, syntax, and diction. During the lesson on parallelism, one student asked about when copyeditors should edit for parallelism. “What criteria require restructuring the whole sentence?” she asked.
Proper parallelism is considered part of a good writing style. It smooths out awkwardness and clarifies meaning. Witness this example from Right, Wrong, and Risky:
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Style sheets. The reason is because. Grammatical theater. What’s not to love about today’s News Roundup?
- “The Proofreader’s Corner: Show Me the Style Sheet!”: Think a copyeditor’s style sheet isn’t appreciated? Think again. (An American Editor)
- “It’s Easy to Waste Time on False Grammar Rules”: Don’t waste anymore on the reason is because. (A Word, Please)
- “The (Melo)drama of English Grammar”: Grammar books of the 19th century aren’t known for their staying power. But, oh, their theatrical possibilities! (Lingua Franca)
Consumer Reports is seeking an experienced editor to join its health and food team in Yonkers, New York. Consumer Reports, established in 1936, and the Consumers Union have provided independent, nonprofit, product testing and consumer advocacy for more than 75 years. In addition to the monthly Consumer Reports magazine, products include ConsumerReports.org, Consumerist.com,...Read More »
Terrified of macros? Here are three ways to avoid them.
Now, I am a new convert to macros; they can do much more complicated things than I knew possible. But many have existing alternatives already in your Word software.
Many common macros are used simply to navigate a document. There’s another post here explaining how to use the keyboard’s existing shortcuts instead of a macro to get around a document. Pair these shortcuts with the shift key and you’ve got five new ways to select text, too.
Search online using the keywords shortcut and Word, and you’ll find...Read More »