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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 »
The 2014 FIFA World Cup started this week. The 64-game tournament celebrates the beautiful game—called football in most parts of the world and, as our own Mark Allen explains, legitimately referred to as soccer here in the United States.Read More »
A new organization of interest to copyeditors was born this week in London. Bill Adair of PolitiFact worked with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies to bring together fact-checkers from around the world to the Global Fact-Checking Summit. Before the summit ended on Tuesday, participants voted to continue their efforts in an association hosted by Poynter.
“The meeting showed there is a passionate community of fact-checkers that is growing around the world,” Adair said in an...Read More »
My British kin sniff at the American use of soccer for football, and so I am quick to point out the British origin of the word. Purists will always express impatience with those who don’t keep up with the lingo, but there is nothing inherently wrong with the wonderful word soccer.
It’s wonderful because of its origins in late 19th century college slang. Football in Britain at the time could fit either of these definitions, as provided by Macmillan Dictionary online:
- A game in which...