At paragraph 6.20, the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style notes that the abbreviation etc. (et cetera, literally “and others of the same kind”) and such equivalents as and so forth and and the like are preceded by a comma. In a slight departure from previous editions of CMOS, such expressions are
CMOS: What’s the story behind coming up with a style guide for cybersecurity? BH: Through freelance work in many genres, I’ve learned that every niche of editing has its own universe of vocabulary.
Today we’re celebrating the new 9th edition of Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations with a free resource for students, teachers, librarians, and anyone else writing a paper in Chicago style. These free, printable, downloadable PDF paper-writing tip sheets illustrate everything you need to know for formatting a paper in Turabian (Chicago) style. They are fully compatible with The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.).
This month’s workout, “Numerals versus Words,” is taken from CMOS 17, paragraphs 9.2–7. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study paragraphs 9.2–7 of the Manual before answering the questions.
This morning I was looking at a writer’s website and once again wondered about an anomaly I see all the time in author bios. You know what I mean: those short blurbs that appear on book jackets, at online bookstores and fan sites, on guest posts, conference programs, and other hangouts where writers need to be identified.
Abbreviating number ranges according to The Chicago Manual of Style (per section 9.61 in the 17th ed.) is easy if you can remember these three rules:
When we released the new edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, one of the most frequent questions we received was, “So when is the next Turabian arriving?” We’re pleased to announce that a new edition is finally here.
This month’s workout, “Commas with Quotations and Questions,” is taken from CMOS 17, paragraphs 6.40–42. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study paragraphs 6.40–42 of the Manual before answering the questions.
For Fun Friday, how about some official Chicago style? Here’s how to set up a Chicago-style title page following the guidelines in Kate Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. (You will find this advice in section A.1 in the appendix called “Paper Format and Submission” at the back of the book.) OK, we know that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. So for the fun part,
How does a professional copyeditor know when it’s time to retire? Freelancers especially may be tempted to sail on past the age at which in-house editors are encouraged to put down the red pencil. But in either case, how long is too long? Here are some questions to consider.