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How to work with URLs in your copy

One of the things I do when I'm copy editing bibliographies or reference lists is clean up the URLs. (In case you're not sure, the URL is...

Two minutes for tripping

Okay, so maybe I just wanted to use a hockey analogy as a blog title... We do a lot of harping on grammar errors—things that are just...

Sweating the small stuff

"The NSA, CIA, and FBI worked together to catch the killer." Does this sentence seem right to you? Would you have inserted a "the" before...

A riddle for you

Q: What takes a lifetime to build, but can be lost with a single typo? A: Credibility. Credibility is the single most important asset you...

I wish I had a Grammar Genie...

Long time no blog. I call my business Magic Wand Editing, but if I had my druthers, it wouldn't be a magic wand I called upon, it'd be a...

The sub-sub-sub basement

You ever read a sentence and, once you get to the end, you can't remember where you started? They can make you crazy as a reader, but for...

The singular they: when's it okay?

It's by far the biggest news this month in copy editing circles: The AP stylebook, bastion of contemporary usage and news-appropriate...

Living in a parallel world

This blog is called “Beyond the Oxford Comma.” I call it that because I’m not going to waste time arguing one side or the other of this...

Pet peeve of the day

It's hard to underestimate the importance of this effort. This drives me crazy, in part because my favorite radio host uses it all the...

How hairy is your dinosaur?

Today I am editing resumes. Resumes are tricky beasts because they try to cram as much information as posible into as little space as...

Everybody Needs a Copy Editor

How many typos have you laughed at on Facebook? They're funny until they come from you or your company. If you're writing something down...