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The Nitpicker’s Nook: November’s linguistic links roundup

The Nitpicker’s Nook is a monthly collection of language-related articles, interviews, and blog posts from around the Web. If you read something that would make a good addition, email your suggestion to torontoblog@editors.ca.

The Nitpicker's NookBy Emily Chau

  • If you weren’t already convinced of the importance of proofreading, take a look at this major gaffe in an academic paper where a candid in-text query—“should we cite the crappy Gabor paper here?”—was unintentionally published. This cringe-worthy mistake also highlights the importance of being diplomatic in your query notes. (Slate)
  • Are you a freelance editor with a Twitter account? Do you actively use it to engage with your clients? Here’s a delightful blog post on why editors love Twitter. (SfEP)
  • How well do you know your grammar? Writer and editor John E. McIntyre, one of the speakers at EAC’s Conference 2015—Editing Goes Global, posted a quick grammar quiz online. Test your knowledge now! (Baltimore Sun)
  • Our fellow EAC British Columbia branch participated in Communication Convergence in October, held in partnership with the Society for Technical Communication, to recognize and celebrate International Plain Language Day. (West Coast Editor)

  • Tip: Always say “hello” in the elevator. Especially when you’re meeting clients on their turf! (LinkedIn)
  • Sue Littleford, an advanced member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, has written a series of four blog posts exploring how the Internet has contributed to the democratization of the English language. Read Part 2 now. (SfEP)
  • To all cat-loving editors: Here are a few solutions to consider when trying to stay focused and attentive to your fur babies. (Time)

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 Whitney Matusiak.


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