Credit: John Steven FernandezFrom the Feb. 2 print edition of the Times, to begin an article about new restaurant uses for pepperoni:ACROSS the United States, artisanal pizza joints are opening faster than Natalie Portman movies.Cue the eye-roll. Even after I consider by March, she'll have had three films released since Dec. 1 in the U.S.…Read more Let it never be said the New York Times isn’t hip
Or try to. From The Economist (found at its delightful Tumblr):It is reported in London that William Hague, Britain's foreign secretary, has been shocked by the poor spelling and jargon-infested English he finds in notes from his diplomats.Such obviously bad English isn't reserved for government or Britain, nor is it limited to writing. Briefly, on…Read more "Going forward," "stakeholders" should stop using "jargon"
The year's end is nearly upon us, and these weeks are generally one of reflection and roundups -- not just because the year's about over, but because no one wants to do any new work. With that in mind, here are some roundups that actually can help you in 2011.Regret The Error's year in review:…Read more A post-Christmas roundup of editing
There's a time to edit, and there's a time when you're just being a jerk. I was reminded of the latter recently during an occasion in which I -- fortunately and out of character -- restrained myself from editing.A friend was digging through old things and discovered a report from the fifth grade. I was…Read more When not to edit
We all have buddies -- folks we like to hang out with, or get along with particularly well at work or social functions. They may be sports buddies or bar buddies or neighborhood buddies or work on cars/yard work buddies.But, and this is not a bad thing, these people in general are not those who…Read more Editors are not like your buddies
Headline mistakes are rarely, in my experience, of a deliberate action. They are almost of an oversight, a mistyping or confusion. And most of the time, it's but one word or phrase that makes the difference -- its spelling, its substitution for the correct word, or its placement. All this places added pressure on copy…Read more Success and failure can hinge on a single word
People generally like to read things that journalists don't care for. And journalists tend to write things they think are must-reads, and to which the public responds -- occasionally.Sometimes, the "important" stories truly are, but are never read. And often, the dumbest stories or the least journalistic are wildly popular. All of these stories, too,…Read more Headlines, content, audience — 3 things that must align
There's a great post over at Vanderbilt Wife about the differences in blog writing and traditional writing, what those differences mean for copy editing, and the errors that gain the most significance in the online world.There is also an interesting discussion on the role of grammar in American society -- how we seem to prize…Read more New media: Different copy, different editing