Food for thought: How language affects our eating habits

By Samita Sarkar Editors know that language is a powerful tool. In fact, our world is shaped by the language we use and the ways we communicate with each other. The language we use changes the way we see things. The rhetoric of war, for example, is used to dehumanize the enemy, and the rhetoric … Continue reading Food for thought: How language affects our eating habits

The Nitpicker’s Nook: May’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 [email protected] By Emily Chau Another reason to go to the EAC Conference: write off the conference costs! Adrienne Montgomerie, a long-time EAC member, shares … Continue reading The Nitpicker’s Nook: May’s linguistic links roundup

Exploring the ethical grey zone of academic editing

By Samita Sarkar Some time ago, when I was a student at York University, an English professor warned us against the dangers of having our papers professionally edited, equating it with co-writing and plagiarism. I wondered if this were true, since various editing businesses openly distributed their cards around campus. When I opened my editing … Continue reading Exploring the ethical grey zone of academic editing

Punctuation styles on different sides of the border

By Samita Sarkar Some time ago, a client contacted me when her manuscript was sent back for revisions because she didn’t use “American punctuation.” So what does that even mean? It may seem odd, but depending on the part of the world you reside in, you will not only face pronunciation and spelling differences, but … Continue reading Punctuation styles on different sides of the border

The importance of language as shown by ancient Maya civilization

By Samita Sarkar Recently, I watched an informative PBS documentary about the history of the Maya language called Cracking the Maya Code (watch it online here). Much like the other indigenous civilizations of the Americas that encountered Europeans hundreds of years ago, the Maya experienced cultural and linguistic oppression at the hands of Spanish colonizers. … Continue reading The importance of language as shown by ancient Maya civilization