The Nitpicker’s Nook: July’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

  • This month, we revelled in parody master Weird Al’s new release “Word Crimes” and appreciated his suggestion to “hire some cunning linguist / to help you distinguish / what is proper English.” However, some grammarians have pointed out that Weird Al’s lyrics are a little misguided. John McWhorter of The Daily Beast says, “…much of what we’ve decided are hard-and-fast grammatical rules have more to due with style than clarity.” Do you agree with his take on “Sunday best” versus casual speech? (The Daily Beast)
  • Looking for your first contract with the Government of Canada? Marion Soublière, Ottawa-based author of Getting Work with the Federal Government, has a great article in the Globe and Mail for all “solopreneurs.” (Globe and Mail)
  • Ever wondered how to use PDF mark-ups in editing? EAC member Adrienne Montgomerie held a session at the 2014 EAC Conference on tips and tricks for PDF mark-up using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Read and learn in Iva Cheung’s latest post. (Iva Cheung)

  • Not sure how to integrate social media into your marketing plan? Check out this very detailed and helpful blog post on how to create a social media marketing plan, from choosing your networks to finding your voice and tone. (Buffer Social)
  • “My head literally exploded.” Really? EAC member Iva Cheung shares her findings from James Harbeck’s seminar at the 2014 EAC Conference on our changing language and when wrong can become right. (Iva Cheung)
  • In the business of editing, do you know when you’ve crossed the line? American Editor blogger Rich Adin provides a nice article on copy editing and what lines not to cross with your clients. (American Editor)
  • Are you a word nerd? Improve your vocabulary by following these 16 Twitter accounts. (Mental Floss)


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