October 2012 Issue

 

October 2012 Issue

If you’ve been paying attention to online industry articles, you’ve read a lot about something called singular they. We’ve covered it frequently on the blog. The issue is twofold:

3 Common-gender use: Which pronoun do we use to refer to a single person whose gender is unknown?

3 Common-number use: Which pronoun do we use to refer to a noun that is singular but represents a group?

One possible answer to both these questions is to use a form of they, as in Someone left their book on the table and Everyone should take their seats now. Many copyeditors shudder at such usage, but Jonathon Owen walks us through why it may not be as bad as we think. Before you determine that Copyediting has lost all respectability, read Jonathon’s article.

From our contributors, you’ll find

Currents: Mark Farrell discusses current usage of the exclamation point.

Technically Speaking: I review useful apps for copyeditors.

In Style: Norm Goldstein stylizes fashion terms.

— Plus Mark Peters shares something from the OED in Word Resource Roundup, I look at adjective order in

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