This month’s workout, “Grammar, Part 1,” is taken from CMOS 17, sections 5.1–20. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study sections 5.1–20, of the Manual before answering the questions.
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.
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.
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:
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.
In a typed document, each new paragraph should begin with a first-line indent, applied either with the Tab key or with your word processor’s indentation feature rather than the Space bar. One-half inch is the traditional measure for an indent. Exceptions:
It’s not always obvious whether a word should be capitalized. We know to cap proper names of people, holidays, cities, and countries. But what about words like dad, state, or president? Confusion arises when the same word is capped in one context and lowercased in another:
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
This month’s workout, “Possessives,” centers on sections 7.15–28 of CMOS. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study those sections of the Manual before answering the questions.
Readers might well wonder what use people have today for handwritten proofreading marks, but in publishing, the marks are still widely used. Although writers and editors checking typeset pages sometimes use PDF markup tools, there are plenty of times when it’s faster and easier to mark with a pencil.