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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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A Storify on Grammar and Usage

Here’s a link to a Storify chronicling an ACES chat on Twitter in which I participated. ACES is the American Copy Editors Society (I’m a member). I’ve attended two of their annual conferences and have enjoyed being a part of its growing contingent of freelance editors. Until we can all geek out in person again at next […]

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Stanley, Comma, Jill

Is Stanley a Bigamist?

If you Google “Is Stanley a Bigamist?”, you might find, like I did, a blog post exploring whether the actor Jason Sudeikis’s father, Stanley, was a bigamist. You might also find a smattering of reviews about romping British theater productions. No matter how much I love the alliterative quality of the words “Jason Sudeikis,” I’m not here to talk […]

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