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

The Nitpicker’s Nook is a monthly collection of language-related articles, interviews, and blog posts. If you read something that would make a good addition, email your suggestion to [email protected].

The Nitpicker's Nook, Carol Harrison
By Carol Harrison

’Tis the season for giving or gifting?: The Atlantic’s Megan Garber argues against gifting.

Hey, girl! The analytics website FiveThirtyEight crunches the numbers about why so many girls are in book titles.

In this short interview, The Book Wars talks to Inhabit Media’s Kelly Ward about translating First Peoples’ languages into English.

The Chicago Manual of Style’s Word Usage Workout is an online quiz worth your time! Sadly, however, you won’t learn who you were in a past life.

Grappling for words: the language of wrestling. I don’t know about you, but I intend to wrangle a few of these into my daily conversations.

Author–editor lurve: interviews from Quill & Quire.

Ah, yes Down East: according to the Language Portal of Canada, Atlantic Canadians have a distinct way with the affirmative.

The meaning of meme: want to incite a flame war on Facebook? Read>Play>Edit’s Jamie Chavez provides the ammunition!

Carol Harrison is editor-in-chief of BoldFace and freelance editor and writer at Muse Ink. When she isn’t focusing on words, she’s focusing her Nikon D3200.

This article was copy edited by Larysa Kormikeva.

By the Book: Quill & Quire’s Dory Cerny’s reading highlights

Q&A conducted by Jennifer D. Foster

Dory CernyHave you ever wondered what fellow editors like to read? We have, too. In our new interview series, “By the Book,” we get the inside scoop on editors’ all-time favourite books, their top style guide, and what their alternate-universe career would be.

Tell us about your current job, Dory, plus a little-known quirky fact about you.

I’ve been the Books for Young People editor at Quill & Quire for three years, a job that entails assigning and editing reviews of Canadian children’s books (picture books, fiction, graphica, and non-fiction), writing about the publishing industry from a kidlit perspective, and hanging out with the wonderful people who create and publish kids’ books. I was a freelance reviewer for the Reviews (adult fiction and non-fiction) section for close to a decade before becoming a feature reviewer shortly before I joined the staff. Though I already have my dream job, I still harbour a secret desire to be “discovered” and offered a starring role on Broadway.

What is your all-time favourite book and why?