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By Emily Chau
- If you use photos in your work, this will interest you! The world’s largest photo service just made pictures free to use. (The Verge)
- How often do you congratulate someone? How do you say it? Here’s a fun and fascinating blog about the English language on how to say “congratulations.” (Wordlady)
- TOOLS: Dictionary of Untranslatables for all lexicon lovers. This was originally published in France as Vocabulaire européen des philosophies: Dictionaire des intraduisibles. (An American Editor)
- Want to be irresistible to women? Consider using the pronoun “whom”; apparently men get 31% more contacts from the opposite sex for using “whom.” (Slate)
- Are you a sociable introvert or a quiet extrovert? Here’s an interesting discussion about introverts and extroverts at work, with a lot of links to some interesting research. Note: A brief section on networking is also included. (LinkedIn)
- Do you know the difference between “use” and “utilize”? Here’s an interesting read about the widespread use of the word “utilize” from an American editor and blogger. (Throw Grammar From the Train)
- 55 Canadianisms You May Not Know or Are Using Differently—how many of these regional words have you ever used? (GeekMom)
- Let’s not forget to honour Amy Einsohn, author of the famous and beloved book The Copyeditor’s Handbook, who passed away earlier in March after a long illness. Her contribution to the editing community is one worth remembering. (Copyediting)
Emily Chau is a mid-level public relations practitioner in Toronto. She is also a web experimenter and passionate about volunteering.
This article was copy edited by Karen Kemlo.