The Nitpicker’s Nook: April’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].

The Nitpicker's NookBy Emily Chau

  • Freelancers: when will you start making money? Is freelancing full-time sustainable? This article explores specific factors that determine a freelancer’s salary and how salaries vary for each individual. (The Proofreader’s Parlour)
  • Do you use social media to market your business? This quick read will give you some perspective on when to post, what to post, and how to improve. (Buffer)
  • Read this fascinating article on the differences between French- and English-Canadian reactions to branding communications on social media. (eMarketer)
  • Are you a word nerd? Further to an article published on, “15 signs you’re a word nerd,” we head to Irishman Stan Carey’s latest blog entry on the language police. (Sentence First)
  • Time for a little word history from CBS News! This video and accompanying article explore the origin and many uses of the versatile word OK. (CBS News)

  • Here’s a great article on “a ban on Internet slang.” (The Guardian)
  • American blogger and English professor Ben Yagoda has a neat ongoing event on his blog where readers get to vote on the language sins they hate most. Have your say! (Ben Yagoda)
  • Remember Peter Norman? We reviewed his novel Emberton a few weeks ago on BoldFace. In an article for the National Post, he recommends 10 books for those of us interested in lexicography and dictionaries. Check it out! (National Post)

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 Savanna Scott Leslie.

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