CMOS Q&A for July

Q. I am working with an author who insists on referring to a photo as “this 1950’s photo.” Is the apostrophe needed? Q. My question is about where to place the footnote superscript in

Is It Time to Rethink the Third-Person Author Bio?

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.

Can This Not Help But Be a Double Negative?

Double negatives come in many flavors in addition to the familiar “we didn’t find no money” type. Our friends at the website Language Log keep an archive of documented cases of “misnegation,” featuring popular head-scratchers like “I can’t help but not be X,” “I don’t doubt

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.