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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:12am
Mark Allen
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Lack of Dictionary Raises Questions of Linguistic Identity

In the same week Oxford Dictionaries announced the inclusion of amazeballs, binge-watch, clickbait and many other new words into its online edition, the Toronto Globe and Mail asked a compelling question: Who is speaking up for Canadian English?

The article notes that Sunday is the 10-year anniversary of the last publication of the widely used Oxford Canadian Dictionary. The Oxford Canadian was created and published in 1998 and updated in 2004, but there is...

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 10:55am
Mark Allen
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Can't We Say Good-Bye to that Hyphen?

We’ve gotten the phrase “God be with you” down to three letters over the years, with bye retaining the b from be and ye, the old plural pronoun. It’s unclear when we took the God out of goodbye, but we’ve been saying bye for at least 300 years.

It’s unclear to me why we persist in saying good-bye with a hyphen in the middle. There is no one-word goodbye in the citations in the Oxford English Dictionary, but it is the first spelling given in the New Oxford American and Oxford Dictionaries online.

Merriam-Webster Unabridged online offers good-bye and good-by as a variant. Merriam-Webster’s newer Advanced...

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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08/14/14 News Roundup: Zombie Rules and Usage Advice

Zombie rules are on the loose! Zombie rules are on the loose! In today’s News Roundup, some of our friends attempt to bury a few zombies for good. Help them out, won’t you?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:00pm
Jeannette de Be...
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Most articles on launching freelance businesses talk about office space, and marketing plans, and networking for new clients. Don’t worry: we’ll get to all that. But before you put out your shingle, there are some issues that you have to deal with, and they’re not from a profit-and-loss sheet. They’re about who you are. How you deal with stress. What keeps you awake at night. Why you’re considering going freelance.

Because if you don’t have a firm grip on how your way of coping with the world will help or hinder your business, you’re going into this new adventure blind— never a good way to start.

Let’s begin with talking about regular employment:

  • When you have a job, you can plan. You know how much money you’ll make this year. You know when you’ll be able to...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:20am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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EAC Hands out 6 Honorary Certifications

The thing about being on the team that sets up a certification system is that you can probably never take the certification exams yourself, because of some sort of conflict of interest. This is why it makes sense that the Editors’ Association of Canada recently handed out six honorary certificates to recognize the foundational work members did in developing the association's professional certification program.

There are four areas of certification in this program; qualify for all four and you get the designation of Certified Professional Editor (CPE). That’s what was handed to these editors at the association’s conference in June:

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Jeannette de Be...
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Most articles on launching freelance businesses talk about office space, and marketing plans, and networking for new clients. Don’t worry: we’ll get to all that. But before you put out your shingle, there are some issues that you have to deal with, and they’re not from a profit-and-loss sheet. They’re about who you are. How you deal with stress. What keeps you awake at night. Why you’re considering going freelance.

Because if you don’t have a firm grip on how your way of coping with the world will help or hinder your business, you’re going into this new adventure blind— never a good way to start.

Let’s begin with talking about regular employment:

  • When you have a job, you can plan. You know how much money you’ll make this year. You know when you’ll be able to...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 8:20am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: Spelling Nightmares: Can’t We All Use the Same Rules?

Some weeks, everything I edit is a dream. Other weeks, well …

Last week was one of those “other” weeks. One stumbling block came from papers on the sharing economy. In a sharing economy, individuals and companies provide the use of products and services for less than the cost of owing them. Think of a vacation time-share, and you’ve got the idea.

More companies are getting into the sharing economy, whether they’re connecting people to share things (e.g., rides) or essentially renting their products for short intervals (e.g., a car for two hours), and a host of new terms are popping up, several in the manuscripts I was editing. Terms like:

home sharing

ride-sharing

car sharing

I’ve talked about...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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08/12/14 News Roundup: Editorial Methods

How do you approach copyediting? Today’s News Roundup notes some ideas for improvement.

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 8:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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When Lives Depend on the Words

Face it, no one’s life is hinging on most of the words written today. But the writing some editors work on could save, or cost, or even just ruin a life. They work on legal documents, pharmaceutical materials, dangerous procedures, and materials that guide the building of structures all around us. I’m not saying that a misplaced comma in their work will kill someone (exhale now), but if anyone is right to feel the critical importance of getting the language right, it’s them.

The rest of you, relax. Outside of plagiarism, libel, and bad reviews, there is little to fret over here.

Now, you folk—the ones working on the words that can save or cost lives—let’s talk about coping with the risk.

First, remember that you are human, and that you are working with other humans...

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Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:39am
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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A word scramble on the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation

Forty years ago today, in the midst of impeachment proceedings and with little public or political support left, President Nixon announced his resignation. In the televised address from the Oval Office, Nixon said he hoped his resignation “will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”

Several media outlets are reflecting on the events and how they have affected the last four decades in America. Poynter’s David Shedden has an interesting media-coverage timeline and trivia question. And here at Copyediting we have...

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