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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 5:25am
Erin Brenner
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08/07/14 News Roundup: Work-Life Balance

No one will take care of you like you. Today’s News Roundup offers advice on productivity and desk setups.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 11:20am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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You Can Stop Quotation Mark Abuse

Quotation marks are rightly used to signal spoken or quoted words. They can also be used to signal the ironic use of terms, sayings, slang or significant words or phrases, according to Editing Canadian English. [ECE, 5.27] In writing, such quotation marks are sometimes called “scare quotes.” Air quotes (that obnoxious hand signal) are what you would do to signify this when speaking to a friend.

However: if you’re getting carpal tunnel when acting out the quote marks, there may be too many of them. ...

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 8:20am
Jeannette de Be...
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Freelancer's Corner: Freelancer? Welcome to My World!

Ah, the carefree, creative life of the freelancer! While others are working in cubicle farms, driving through rush-hour traffic, and sitting through interminable meetings, freelancers are setting their own hours, working in their pajamas, and choosing their projects. What’s not to love?

I’ve been working as a freelance editor and writer for the better part of the past 20 years, and yes, there’s a great deal in it to love. And a great deal in it to hate. Just like, I suspect, every other job in the world.

So I’m going to join you every week and talk about freelancing: the good, the bad, the difficult, and the wonderful. I’ll give you some pointers on starting or developing your own freelance business, answer any questions you have about freelancing, and share experiences,...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 8:20am
Erin Brenner
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Recency Illusion: If It’s Jargon It Must Be New

I’m currently reading Essays of E. B. White. In “Letter from the East,” written in 1975, I found this:

Then, in a sentence that followed along naturally, he used the phrase “viable alternative,” and I marveled at how quickly he had learned the language of government. Longley likes the word “input” and on taking office accepted a $15,000 input to his salary.

Naturally I recognized viable alternative and input as jargon words, in both politics and business. What stopped me was that White was complaining about them in 1975. Surely the terms were more recent than that?

Linguist Arnold Zwicky has a term...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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08/05/14 News Roundup: Usable Usage

In today’s News Roundup, we study the language of others to improve our own.

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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 2:39pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Full-time, in-house Copy Editor needed for Scholastic, NYC

Scholastic is seeking a copy editor to join its trade publishing team in New York City. Scholastic’s trade publishing division publishes about 600 books a year for readers under 18. Popular series and lines published by Scholastic include Captain Underpants, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Goosebumps, Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Lego, the Magic School Bus, and Star Wars.

The copy editor will copyedit and proofread short manuscripts, book cover copy, marketing copy, reprint corrections, and more; assist with editing rewritten novels; help maintain and enforce house style; and help manage the department’s list of freelancers.

This full-time, in-house position requires 2 years of copyediting experience,...

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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 8:40am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Ten Signs of “Lifted” Text

Now, now, let’s not go throwing around words like plagiarism. There could be a very innocent (or cultural) explanation of why you’ve spotted text in the manuscript that was copied from a source. I get it a lot in curriculum correlations and teacher guides because the ministry of education wording was copied from their PDF to make sure the wording was exact and the workflow was efficient.

But, BUT, even if you want to keep the verbatim text, identifying the pasted copy can alert you to the need to strip pesky formatting and background code from the selection. And, sometimes, these telltales will alert you to the need to “freshen up” some of the prose, or seek out the proper citation and permissions.

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Friday, August 1, 2014 - 11:26am
Mark Allen
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Semicolons: Glamorous or Simply Pedantic?

I long ago professed love and appreciation for the semicolon. It might not be the most useful punctuation mark, and it’s certainly not the most emphatic. But it is the most optional, and that makes it interesting. 

Roy Peter Clark, the rock star of writing from the Poynter Institute, made a case for the semicolon last week in a blog post, saying he prefers the funny little mark to the tiresome dash, which seems to show up every time a writer feels a punctuation mark is needed but isn’t quite sure why.

Clark quotes his own ...

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 9:31am
Mark Allen
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Jibbing, Not Gibing, is My Goal for Sailing

I recently and unexpectedly acquired a Butterfly, a 12-foot sailing dinghy, and immediately signed up for lessons at a nearby sailing club. I’ve always had an interest, but now I need to learn my sheet from my stay and my bow from my aft.

I figured out port vs. starboard long ago when I realized port and left both have four letters and are similarly formed with one vowel in the second position. On Twitter, Leigh Hogan suggested a more romantic way of remembering, tweeting: “I picture ancient Portuguese mariners sailing south along the west...

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:25am
Erin Brenner
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07/31/14 News Roundup: Freelancing Success
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