But is it wrong?

One of the primal joys in life is to do good work. When the suit fits, the accounts balance, or the pie crust is flakey, someone takes pride in it.

In editing, it feels good to make corrections, tidy things up, and serve the reader. It feels good to put knowledge into practice. And—admit it—it feels good to spot an error! . . . Problems arise when

March Q&A

Is it June 3–4 or June 3 and 4? “save to” or “save in”? “two weeks notice” or “two weeks’ notice”? Answers to these questions and more, in our March Q&A.  

Your Editing Stories: A Reluctant Editor

Today we launch a new series written by . . . you! If you have a story about your editing life, send it to us here and we’ll consider it for posting. Gael Spivak works in communications for the Government of Canada. She specializes in plain language writing and editing. Gael sent us her editing story.

3* Rookie Editing Goofs You Can Stop Making Right Now

Some lessons are harder to learn than others. Unfortunately for new copyeditors, sometimes the only way to recognize bad habits is to get slammed a few times by writers pushing back or by supervisors writing stet all over the copy. So let me save you some grief and humiliation! Here are three bad habits I identified the hard way as a young editor.

January Q&A

Do you know

Q. Is “elect” capitalized in “president-elect”?
Q. Can a citation be too long?
Q. Is it “iPhone 7s” or “iPhones 7”?

Answers to these questions and more, in . . .