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I'll be giving a 90-minute talk via webinar on everything you need to know about the AP Stylebook on Tuesday evening starting at 8 p.m. Cost is $65. Sponsored by the Twin Cities Professional Editors Network.
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law can be one of the most challenging of style guides: it changes every year, and it has more than its share of idiosyncrasies. Copy editor Mark Allen will provide shortcuts on how to navigate the AP Stylebook, keep up with its changes, and use the book as a resource, even if it’s not your primary style guide. Mark will review some recent changes and explain why AP Stylebook’s dynamism is its ...
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I'll be giving a 90-minute talk via webinar on everything you need to know about the AP Stylebook on Tuesday evening starting at 8 p.m. Cost is $65. Sponsored by the Twin Cities Professional Editors Network.
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law can be one of the most challenging of style guides: it changes every year, and it has more than its share of idiosyncrasies. Copy editor Mark Allen will provide shortcuts on how to navigate the AP Stylebook, keep up with its changes, and use the book as a resource, even if it’s not your primary style guide. Mark will review some recent changes and explain why AP Stylebook’s dynamism is its ...
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Interested in style books? I'll be talking on the topic not once, but twice this month. First up is this Wednesday, an audio conference for Copyediting, on Juggling Style Guides.

Details: http://www.copyediting.com/buyproduct/juggling-style-guides

On Oct. 27, I'll be talking about the AP Stylebook for the Twin Cities Professional Editors Network in a webinar, which is open to the public.

Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ap-stylebook-online-training-tickets-18813514729   
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The Associated Press Stylebook has added to its burgeoning entry on global warming (now 261 words), counseling against the use of skeptics and deniers when talking about those who don't think global warming is such a big deal or say that we can't really do much about it.
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It was last month that the lamentations began: “I can't believe summer is almost over.” Now that it is September and 84 degrees in central Ohio, many look to Labor Day weekend as the last hurrah of summer. That has more to do with the school schedule than climate.
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Moneys and monies are plural forms of the word money, which already acts as a plural itself. The -ys or -ies spelling depends on your stylebook or your personal preference, but it isn't common that you need to use either. Usually, money is all you need. If you must pluralize, the Associated ...
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Well-informed, experienced copyeditor friends tell me that they believe strongly in the distinction between who and that, and that people deserve the former pronoun. I don't disagree with this preference, but I do feel compelled to point out that there is no agreed-upon rule that a person cannot ...
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Interested in style books? I'll be talking on the topic not once, but twice this month. First up is this Wednesday, an audio conference for Copyediting, on Juggling Style Guides.

Details: http://www.copyediting.com/buyproduct/juggling-style-guides

On Oct. 27, I'll be talking about the AP Stylebook for the Twin Cities Professional Editors Network in a webinar, which is open to the public.

Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ap-stylebook-online-training-tickets-18813514729   
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The Associated Press Stylebook has added to its burgeoning entry on global warming (now 261 words), counseling against the use of skeptics and deniers when talking about those who don't think global warming is such a big deal or say that we can't really do much about it.
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The way we torture ourselves with lay and lie is one of the great puzzles of the English language. We use different versions of the word depending on tense and whether there is an object we're acting upon. We have seven ways of expressing the concept: lay, lie, laid, lay, laying, lying, ...
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My favorite word is autumnal, and I must force myself to use it sparingly as the air cools and the trees shake off their green pigment to reveal the bright colors underneath. I like the earthy sound of the word, and I like the youthful images it conjures in my mind.
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Well-informed, experienced copyeditor friends tell me that they believe strongly in the distinction between who and that, and that people deserve the former pronoun. I don't disagree with this preference, but I do feel compelled to point out that there is no agreed-upon rule that a person cannot ...
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I'm Mark Allen, a freelance copy editor bent on connecting with every other freelance copy editor out there. I share advice on editing, usage, style and grammar in tweets and on my blog.
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Can explain how to use "lay" and "lie" in 140 characters or less. And I don't insist on "fewer" for quantities unlikely to be counted.
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