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The ACES Spelling Bee
The first day of the American Copy Editors Society national conference is over. We were all given a lot of good food for thought and good food for digestion (thanks, Portland!). After the sessions were over for the day, many of us attended a raucous adult s...
The first day of the American Copy Editors Society national conference is over. We were all given a lot of good food for thought and good food for digestion (thanks, Portland!). After the sessions were over for the day, many ...
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New Word Thursday: jactancy
From the Latin jacere, to throw — the same source from which we get both eject and ejaculate — the noun jactancy means bragging or boasting. This is one of those words that has more forms than it needs. Other attested noun forms are jactance, jactation, and...
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A New Old Word for the Political Season: bomfog
Yesterday, in honor of Presidents' Day but two days late, I published " Presidential Coinages " at Copyediting.com. With a lot of help from Paul Dickson's book Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents, I hi...
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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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Neglect and Excuses and ACES 2016
I have been neglectful of this blog lately. Just how
neglectful wasn’t apparent until I pulled open the blog this morning. Has it really
been almost a month since I posted? Fortunately, I have a great excuse: I’ve been very busy.
Freelance work has been rol...
I have been neglectful of this blog lately. Just how neglectful wasn’t apparent until I pulled open the blog this morning. Has it really been almost a month since I posted? Fortunately, I have a great excuse: I’ve been ver...
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Happy Bissextus!
"Be Careful, Clara, that's a fine Specimen!" (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) In ancient Roman times, the leap day was inserted after the sixth day before the calendas of March, essentially creating a second sixth day. Hence bis- , two or double, plus sextus , si...
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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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Copy Writer
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Writing, editing, procrastinating, editing some more.
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    Copywriter, 2014 - present
  • digitalrelevance
    Senior Editor, 2013 - 2014
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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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