This month’s workout, “Rules for Quoting,” centers on sections 13.7–8 of CMOS. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study those sections of the Manual before answering the questions.
For years, it seems, it’s been impossible to find a language-related post or article online without a stickler making trouble in the comments section. Even on political, social, and retail sites, outraged commenters love to point out a a missplaced apostrophe as a way to challenge the
CMOS: How did you come to think about writing as “flabby”? HS: Many years ago, I read Richard Lanham’s book Revising Prose, which influenced me deeply as a writer. Lanham teaches you to identify the “lard factor” in your writing, based on the percentage of words that you could omit without significantly changing its meaning. The Writer’s Diet follows similar principles, but with
Are you ready for some heavy lifting? Today’s workout centers on sections 5.108–13 of CMOS. . . . True or false:
“Oozing slowly across the floor, Marvin watched the salad dressing.” “I smelled the oysters coming down the stairs for dinner.” Most of us don’t have to worry about overlooking gaffes as obvious as these, but more subtle danglers—or misplaced modifiers—sometimes sneak by even the most careful
Shortcuts in editing may be frowned upon, but when it comes to word processing, editing shortcuts are not only allowed, they’re essential. If you’re still fumbling around in the pull-down menus, fighting with features that won’t leave you alone, and wasting time on tasks that could
Today’s workout, “How to Proofread,” centers on sections 2.107–15 of CMOS. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study those sections of the Manual before answering the questions.
Today CMOS talks with Angela Gibson, associate director of scholarly communication and head of book and online publications at the Modern Language Association, about the newest edition of MLA Handbook.
When putting items into alphabetical order, which comes first: Albert the Great or Albert of Saxony? HMD or H&N?
Today’s workout, “Titles of Books and Articles,” centers on sections 8.166–78 of CMOS. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study those sections of the Manual before answering the questions. Remember: The workouts are all about Chicago! If you’re an expert in MLA, AP, or New York Times style, you might be surprised to find that your instincts don’t quite match Chicago’s. That doesn’t mean