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Passive-Aggressive Tweets

I saw this tweet today and had to laugh: Active voice: I love your blog Passive voice: Your blog is loved Passive-aggressive voice: I love how you have time to write a blog — Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) April 29, 2016 I’ve neglected my blog because I’ve been too busy working to write about work. […]

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In Which I (Hopefully) Look for Answers

I wouldn’t literally die if I didn’t have coffee in the morning, but I might “literally” die. The same holds true for learning something new every day. Fortunately, I’m an editor and learning new things goes with the territory. Some folks might think editors have all the rules memorized, but in fact there are so many rules […]

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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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