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We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Those mostly familiar words are on a ...
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Along with the very common one-letter words a and I, there is the less-common one-letter word O. It came up in conversation during a recent trip to Stratford, Ontario: We couldn't help but sing in the car O Canada after crossing the Bluewater Bridge. My daughter was the only one among us who ...
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I feel like spending a week as a shoe salesman to help me instinctively spell feet and heel. Both of these have caused me many pauses because of momentary doubt. I should have it down by now: I wear a EE shoe width (though a EEE is usually welcome), so I think of that to find the correct ...
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Spelling or usage distinctions sometimes become shibboleths for copyeditors and pedants, no longer useful and therefore no longer worth worrying about. Witness the Associated Press Stylebook's abandonment last year of keeping over for spatial relationship and more than for quantities.
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I changed another comprised of to composed of in an editing assignment yesterday, not because the word doesn't have a well-established second meaning, but because it's one of those things sticklers love to stickle. Copyeditors know that the whole comprises the parts, that comprises means is ...
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Gender-identity issues will bring greater acceptance to the epicene "they."
I've long espoused the utility of the singular they as a handy pronoun for when the sex of the subject is hypothetical or unknown. But as a copyeditor, I'm beholden to convention—it's not for me to tell an author they should use a form that some people consider ungrammatical.
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The creator of the AP vs. Chicago website has turned her attention to ways in which words include or exclude, marginalize or empower. Karen Yin has created Conscious Style Guide as “an online resource for kind, compassionate, and inclusive language.” Yin, a writer, copy editor, and 2015 Lambda ...
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Along with the very common one-letter words a and I, there is the less-common one-letter word O. It came up in conversation during a recent trip to Stratford, Ontario: We couldn't help but sing in the car O Canada after crossing the Bluewater Bridge. My daughter was the only one among us who ...
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Spelling or usage distinctions sometimes become shibboleths for copyeditors and pedants, no longer useful and therefore no longer worth worrying about. Witness the Associated Press Stylebook's abandonment last year of keeping over for spatial relationship and more than for quantities.
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I've known many copyeditors who fixate on that as a word that serves little purpose and can be deleted without much thought about the sentence that surrounds it. It is often optional, but that doesn't mean it never provides clarity. E.B. White suggested that we “omit needless words,” which is ...
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I've long espoused the utility of the singular they as a handy pronoun for when the sex of the subject is hypothetical or unknown. But as a copyeditor, I'm beholden to convention—it's not for me to tell an author they should use a form that some people consider ungrammatical.
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Freelance copy editor, writer and enthusiastic problem solver
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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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