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Grammar Vigilante Causes Stir Among Editors

In April, shortly after I returned from the ACES annual conference in St. Petersburg, FL, the BBC ran an article about a self-styled “grammar vigilante” who has been correcting punctuation on public signs in Bristol, England for the past decade. This “Banksy of punctuation” has even fashioned an “apostrophiser” (that would be “apostrophizer” in American English), […]

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Close but Not Quite

I always enjoy reading the After Deadline blog in The New York Times. The weekly posts reflect on matters of style and usage, and are adapted from a weekly newsroom critique overseen by the associate managing editor for standards at The Times. I’m less interested in the absolute rules of language than I am in the gray areas, and in how […]

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The Bane of My Existence

The term “restrictive and nonrestrictive appositives” had been a splinter in my toe ever since I discovered that the grammatical constructions it describes have a name. Like many editors, I didn’t start out as a staff newspaper copyeditor, learning copyediting with red pen in hand. I was a writer before I was an editor (although any experienced writer will […]

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