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Only 3 days left to apply! ACES @copyeditors scholarships deadline: Nov. 15. Up to $2,500. Winners can go to Vegas! http://bit.ly/1aujL48 
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Its one of the most common mistakes, and most aggravating. It's time may be nigh. #languagecorner http://bit.ly/YxIS09
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Sometimes it's (the) little things that count, in effect. #languagecorner http://bit.ly/144VhOB
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Reawaken your inner 3rd grader with these funny English expressions. #languagecorner http://bit.ly/WpPgWb
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OK, OK, I'll join! Thanks, Erin and Mark!

I'm a longtime copy editor who does lots of things, like* adjuncting at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism; developing and presenting seminars for Poynter, ACES, journalism groups and private companies; freelance editing for places like* ProPublica and Kindle; and writing the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review. I was an editor at the New York Times for 25 years; when they paid me to go away, in 2008, I was in charge of all 150 or so copy editors.

I'm also president of the ACES Education Fund, which awards cash scholarships to students (you know who you are!); as such, I'm a member of the ACES board. And I may hold the record for most semicolons used in an introduction to this group.

*Bill Walsh notwithstanding, I believe in saying "like" instead of "such as."
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Hi Merrill! I just wanted to drop a quick note to say that I loved the Poynter's News University webinar that you did back in October on the Art and Science of Editing. Thanks for the great advice! I'm so happy that ACES has partnered with Poynter's; I hope they offer more webinars on copyediting in the near future.
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"Populace" is not the same as "populous" or "populist." Or "popular," for that matter. #copyeditors #languagecorner http://bit.ly/Qv4OvP
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It's not as bad as it used to be to "feel badly." You can feel good about that. #languagecorner http://t.co/4CXBJCslIA
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What's light, plastic, holds coffee and may be banned by NYC? Not Styrofoam. Trademarks matter. #languagecorner http://bit.ly/XnIXUR
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When to use i.e? e.g.? et al.? Etc., etc., etc. #languagecorner http://bit.ly/102RHW8
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Loved it. Had to use APA for nursing and education papers. I thought I would kill myself and vowed to never take another course in those two disciplines again. This past semester, my professor hinted he wanted us to use Chicago. I could only handle the stress of the class. Maybe next time. Give me MLA.
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Can a house be "robbed"? Is it "petty larceny"? "Petit" larceny? Steal a moment for this. #copyeditors #languagecorner http://bit.ly/UDTFbo
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Hurricane Sandy was an "it." Not a "she." Same goes for ships. #languagecorner #copyeditors http://bit.ly/UGXXuY
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