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Andy Hollandbeck
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A New Look for Copyediting.com
Copyediting.com is wearing some nice new threads these days. Go to the website now and ooh and aah at the slick new look. (What's even better than how it looks for readers is how it works for contributors.) While you're there, check out some of the great ad...
Copyediting.com is wearing some nice new threads these days. Go to the website now and ooh and aah at the slick new look. (What's even better than how it looks for readers is how it works for contributors.) While you're ther...
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Silence of the Limns
There's this word limn that isn't exactly widely used, or even widely known, but somehow I've seen it used at least three times in the last week. If I believed in signs, I would take that as a sign that I should write about it. And I'm going to write about ...
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Deadlines
The accepted story is that, in certain Confederate prison camps during the American Civil War, a line would be drawn around the prisoners' area. POWs who dared to pass beyond that line would risk being shot dead. Thus, the line came to be called the dead li...
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New Word Thursday: pelf
Stemming from Old French and related to the word pilfer, pelf is filthy lucre or ill-gotten riches. I found it the other day when someone worked it into a limerick. Naturally, I couldn't wait to try that myself: A Christian man, godly and selfless, Who was ...
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Freaky Thursday: geoduck
Geoduck sounds like the animated, waterfowl hero of a National Geographic children's show about environmentalism, or geology, or geography, or something. BOY: Oh no! Those endangered condor babies are flying right toward those spinning wind turbines. GIRL: ...
Geoduck sounds like the animated, waterfowl hero of a National Geographic children's show about environmentalism, or geology, or geography, or something. BOY: Oh no! Those endangered condor babies are flying right toward th...
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Ten Homophones You Didn't Know Existed
If you rely too much on those little squiggly red lines in Microsoft Word to correct your spelling for you, you've probably found yourself wondering how spellcheck missed a seemingly obvious error (and subsequently lowered your grade on a paper, caused you ...
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Eleven More Homophones You Didn't Know Existed
Back in December, I published one of my more popular posts, " Ten Homophones You Didn't Know Existed ." There are certainly more than ten. And because I enjoy learning wonderful new ways to spell words I'm so used to pronouncing, I figured, why stop? So her...
Back in December, I published one of my more popular posts, "Ten Homophones You Didn't Know Existed." There are certainly more than ten. And because I enjoy learning wonderful new ways to spell words I'm so used to pronouncin...
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Writing Prompt: Another Childhood Memory Reclaimed
I won't claim to understand in the slightest the whole bronies thing — adult men who follow My Little Ponies with more energy and spending money than its target audience of little girls. Now coloring books for adults are landing on best-seller lists. (I und...
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New Word Thursday: apricity
The Midwest — my personal environs — experienced some of its first truly winter-like weather of the season this week, including snow, ice, school delays, and idiot drivers sliding off the road. One bright spark is that I was exposed to a pleasant word I did...
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New Year, New Job, New Goals
I'm not a big fan of new year's resolutions. My go-to resolution, if people ask, is simply this: to not break my new year's resolution. I'm not sure whether that qualifies as tautological, paradoxical, or both, which is why I like it. But this year, some th...
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Caroling + Warm Alcohol = Wassailing
I've been racking my brain for the last few days trying to think up some words that only pop up around Christmastime so that I can build a blog post around them. Caroling and wassailing came to mind, and I wrote a bit about them over at Copyediting.com . Tu...
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And the Word of the Year Is(m)...
The lexicographers at Merriam-Webster dictionaries have named their 2015 Word of the Year, and it's not an entire word. It's the suffix -ism . M-W's WOTY choices are driven by data about what people look up on the Merriam-Webster website and in their dictio...
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Copy Writer
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Writing, editing, procrastinating, editing some more.
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  • 5MetaCom
    Copywriter, 2014 - present
  • digitalrelevance
    Senior Editor, 2013 - 2014
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Indianapolis
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St,. Louis
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I read. I write. I edit. If it has anything to do with putting words in order, I'm there. I also do a little canoodling on the clarinet.
Education
  • Center Grove High School
    1989 - 1993
  • Ball State University
    Music Performance, 1993 - 1997
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4ndyman, Logophilius
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