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May 29, 2013

16 Reasons (but surely there are more!)

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November 2, 2012

The Voice of Canadian Editors

Excellent resource for skill set descriptions, certification, continuing education.

www.editors.ca

September 2, 2012

Don’t let grammar grouches harsh your buzz!

For centuries, sticklers the world over have donned the cloak of authority to control the way people use words. This book strikes back to defend the fascinating, real-life diversity of this most basic human faculty.

I’m ordering this book for some light “back-to-school” reading. Like the author, I follow the idea that communication is THE thing, not the rules, per se. I’ve written about this in earlier posts; often proper grammar usage and clear communication happily co-exist, but a powerful and effective message doesn’t always stick to the rules, nor should it, imho. (See what I did there?)

Text in context seems like a fair enough approach to me. For example, I have no problem with SMS abbreviations. They suit the medium just fine and are kinda fun as well. Don’t you agree? (I know many who don’t!)

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August 18, 2011

If @GuardianStyle says …

… today is International Apostrophe Day, then it must be true. Did you know there is an official Apostrophe Protection Society?

And for a special bonus, here’s a picture of Lynne Truss (author of Eats Shoots and Leaves) patrolling the streets with her magical apostrophe wand.

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August 17, 2011

Edit the world …

… let them know what grammar is. (With apologies to Bob Geldof/Midge Ure.)

So, in my quest to eradicate incomprehensible writing everywhere, I’ve signed up as a volunteer editor on Kibin. People submit all manner of files that need a quick read and using a somewhat coarse interface, editors mark up the text and submit it back with some comments to the author. It’s not a money maker … though I suppose there is some potential to eventually underwrite a grande latte at Starbucks, but that’s certainly not why I do it.

I’ve edited what was probably a 12-year-old’s project on the events leading up to Bastille day, a cover letter to a prospective employer, and a marketing pitch for a videographer … all horrendously written (well, the cover letter wasn’t too bad) and I gotta say, it’s a great feeling to absolutely know without a shred of doubt that someone somewhere will encounter a written document that isn’t a complete assault on their sensibilities. Because an editor stepped in and wrestled that hot mess into coherency. And that editor was me. And it could be you. Give it a try if you’re so inclined. It’s a spare time, just for fun kind of thing to do while you help make the written world a better place! : )

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