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Daffodils are popping up all throughout my neighbourhood. Wait, are those daffodils? They’re a bit small and, boy, are they aromatic! I think they may be narcissus.
Now, of course, Google will probably tell me what they are if I do an image search; it’s rather spectacular at finding the thing that I describe in its search field. There’s also this handy and authoritative tool put out by the Government of Canada: http://www.plantsofcanada.info.gc.ca/.
Fiction editors, journalists, and non-fiction editors can use the Plants of Canada database to verify distribution and biology facts about the flowers, not just their names. Entering “narcissus” into the “common name” search field on the main page told me that the...Read More »
I finally reached the point where I’ve turned off Apple’s autocorrect feature. It was sometimes helpful and sometimes at least humorous having my operating system suggest changes to words I misspelled or unusual words I spelled correctly. But the final straw was when an incorrect change to a word in a subject line sent to a copyediting client, something I didn’t notice until the next day.
I usually use Apple’s Pages for writing these blog entries, and every time I write about a common misspelling, the program goes ahead and corrects it for me. Sometimes I have to engage in battle with my word processor to allow an incorrectly spelled word.
I struggled with my phone the other day when my sister sent me a text with what I took to be a...Read More »
This week, we welcome Elizabeth Grey as a guest blogger. Grey is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys sudoku and art galleries when she’s not glued to her laptop. She tweets about freelancing, finance, and education @ej_grey.
When I started as a freelancer, the financial fundamentals really intimidated me. I was lucky to receive some good advice early on. As my career took off, I realized just how important it is to get those essential financial foundations in place.
Some of these foundations helped me drive my freelancing in the most profitable direction, while others have saved me vital time....Read More »
From checklists to raisons d’etre, today’s News Roundup offers you three ways to work smarter.
- “The Old Editor’s Macro Checklist”: Six topics of concern when you’re looking at the big picture. (You Don’t Say)
- “Grammar Girl's Editing Checklist”: Twenty-five micro-editing problems to check for. (Grammar Girl)
- “Copy Editor at Work: Turn to the Dictionary”: What dictionaries actually do and why that’s important to copyeditors. (Grammar Guide)
ASCD is seeking an assistant editor to join its Creative Services team in Alexandria, Virginia (DC area). Established in 1943 as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, ASCD is an international, nonprofit membership association that provides educators with products and services to help young learners succeed. Members include administrative leaders, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 130 countries.Read More »
Crafting the polite yet authoritative query is an art. When those queries have to cross cultural and language boundaries to reach an author who is not a native English speaker (ESL), extra finesse is required. These authors are navigating three languages, says veteran ESL editor (and Copyediting instructor) Katharine O'Moore-Klopf: “ESL authors must work in their native language, English, and the jargon of their academic specialty. So you must provide appropriate support.”
“Practice good communication with authors,” advises Katharine. For this veteran of inter-cultural editing, this means:
- Always be courteous.
- Follow your author's lead regarding how chatty to be in...
One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson established Mother’s Day as a national holiday, celebrated each year on the second Sunday of May. (That’s this coming Sunday, kids.) The official proclamation calls on government officials and the people of the United States to display the flag on all government buildings, at their homes, and in other suitable places “as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our...Read More »
I love paper books (I have several), but I confess I am not the kind of person to pull a heavy reference off the shelf and thumb through to the answer for my question. I keep my reference books online and word-searchable: AP Stylebook, Garner’s, Chicago Manual, many dictionaries.
Now, another style guide has reached the Internet, making it even more useful to busy editors: Scientific Style and Format, developed by the Council of Science Editors, is available online through annual subscription. The online publication coincides...Read More »
I’ve always favored the term hep over hip, because I’ve always associated it more exclusively with the old-time jazz performers who made it popular. For those with no sense of irony, the reaction I get is often, “You mean hip?”
And actually hep was considered not hip as long ago the mid-1940s, when Harry “The Hipster” Gibson sang It Ain’t Hep:
The jive is hip, don’t say hep
That’s a slip of the lip, let me give you a tip
Don’t you ever say hep, it ain’t hip.
Lexicographer and bandleader Cab Calloway complied the ...Read More »
We’ve all heard folks proclaim they’d make good copyeditors because they pick typos out of books. Today’s articles demonstrate that noticing the occasional typo isn’t enough to become a good copyeditor.
- “So, You Think You Can Copyedit?”: It takes more than a love of reading to be a good copyeditor. (American Copy Editors Society)
- “Sturdy Defensibles”: Tired of rules being tossed out? Here are 12 you can keep following. (You Don’t Say)
- “Pickiness Is Not Perfectionism”: Stating your standards firmly doesn’t make them high standards. (The Stroppy Editor)