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Editor, language lover, teacher, journalist, consultant, baker
Editor, language lover, teacher, journalist, consultant, baker

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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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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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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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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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Sometimes it's (the) little things that count, in effect. #languagecorner http://bit.ly/144VhOB

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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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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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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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