On May 25 the national conference of Editors Canada will convene in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Unable to disentangle myself from the paragraph factory, I can’t be with them this year. Wish I were there. But I offer the text of the keynote address I delivered last year in Ottawa.Read more
One of the readers of my workday “at the desk” dispatches suggested this evening that I should collect them into a book or a calendar. And a former colleague chimed into suggest “a calendar with pics of copy editors in Speedos,” a prospect at which the mind’s eye closes in horror.
I don’t sense a clamor for a book, and I don’t have an inclination to make a calendar.Read more
Karen Conlin, fellow editor and winner of this year’s Robinson Prize at ACES: The Society of Editing, tweeted today in exasperation:
“Grammar-shaming and -policing is why people say idiotic things to ALL of us when they find out we either teach English or are editors.
“ ‘Oh, I'll have to watch what I say around you!’
“Don't. IDGAF how you talk or write unless I'm PAID for it.”Read more
If you have been following this blog, you know that I am not one of the I-learned-it-once-and-it’s-forever-true editors.
In June 2007 I posted that I favored maintaining the gauntlet/gantlet distinction in the Associated Press Stylebook—that a gauntlet is a glove thrown down as a challenge and a gantlet is a flogging ordeal, even though the history of the two words is muddy.Read more
I saw a tweet this morning from the proprietor of an editing service who said, “Editing should be a positive experience! Never settle for less.” A prompt response came from @paulwiggins: “Never hire me if all you seek is a positive experience.”
I agree with Mr. Wiggins. Nobody enjoys being edited. You don’t enjoy being edited. I don’t enjoy being edited.Read more
When the editors of the Associated Press Stylebook announced this year’s revisions at the national conference of ACES: The Society for Editing last week, there were no bombshells.
But there was one deeply satisfying change: abandonment of the collide/collision entry. It held that only two objects in motion can collide, that a moving object could not collide with a stationary one.Read more