Editing and Language

Attending the Editors’ Association of Canada conference in Ottawa

It appears that when I watch a movie three times in the theatre, it causes me to drop off the face of the earth for nearly a month. But don’t worry – I have been productive during my absence. A…

A Thought about Ligatures

Evidently, attending the conference was a big tax upon my resources – I didn’t post anything at all in June. Even so, I still had lots of ideas for content swirling around in my head.  To get the ball rolling…

Montreal, Day 2: Eight Step Editing

As an editor, my goal is to make writing better and more concrete – and my responsibility is to make those changes in a reasonable, consistent, and justifiable manner. How appropriate, then, that the seminar I took today was all…

Language Post #4: “Ensure” versus “Insure” versus “Assure”

Certain words – no matter how hard editors or other language mavens may try – will always cause confusion because they are different from, but closely related to, words with similar meanings. Most of the time, this problem occurs in…

Musings about the EAC

With only about a month and a half to go before the EAC conference, I still have to book my accommodations. I just can’t decide what hostel to stay in, or even if I should stay at a hostel at…

Language Post #3: “Imply” versus “Infer”

Two of the books on my Amazon wishlist are Words Into Type and the 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. From this, you can infer that I want to enlarge my copy editing library. Or rather, does my…

Modifiers: they only want to help!

A few days ago when I was browsing The Economist online (I know it sounds odd, bear with me!), an advertisement caught my attention: Champagne only comes from Champagne. It turns out that the ad promotes the proper labelling of…

Language Post #1: The Serial Comma

When I first posted on this blog, I mentioned that I also wanted to use this space to foster a discussion about grammar, punctuation, and many other issues surrounding language usage. For a while, I hemmed and hawed about how…

Little Seeds of Success

So, I have three lovely developments to report: As of today, I am officially a Student Member o f the Editor’s Association of Canada. While I have yet to fully investigate the resources they have available, it looks like they…

First Project: Done!

I’ve been in further contact with one of the women I met at Tuesday’s networking event, and we’ve agreed to a trial work project together: if she gives me one article and one poem, I’ll review both and give her…