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I've got a 12 year old licking his lips over this recipe! I wonder if the rolls would fit in his thermos...
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2014 on More Pasta, More Cheese at verbatim
Sing it, sister!
Excellent guidelines, Carol. I've been trying to say just that with some of my copyediting students. Now I'll just send them here!
Good luck with Lingua Franca, Carol! I'll miss your insightful comments here, but I'm sure you'll have plenty on the new blog, too.
Thanks for the plug, Carol!
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2011 on Hobbled? at The Subversive Copy Editor Blog
You're not the only one, Carol, not to know the complexities of British punctuation rules. I've never edited a British work, so I'm unfamiliar with those rules as well. I suspect that's the case for most writers and editors. If you haven't worked in a particular language, why would you know the rules? I'm all for punctuation rules that are simple, efficient, and logical, be they British, American, or who knows what. If punctuation rules are easier, that gives me more time to deal with other issues and help the author create a work worth publishing.
I wonder if the Boston-area Girl Scouts switched bakeries at some point, because we used to have Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Samoas, and Tagalongs. I was really confused the first couple of years after the switch. Which is why companies should be very careful about switching product names.
Good advice! Rules are so beaten into us that we forget we can make choices. I'm also surprised at how we can get caught up on style "rules." We forget that style rules aren't hard and fast and can vary greatly from one style guide to another. Some writers and editors have a difficult time with that variance.
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