Book Review: The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller

Book Review: The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller

I absolutely love this book. When I say that the Chicago  Manual of Style is the editor’s bible—and many agree with me—then it follows that Carol Fisher Saller is the editing god (or guru). She has experience and knowledge of the rules (used very loosely) on her side, but she is just so approachable. She writes as if she is speaking directly to you. This book is filled with anecdotes, good and bad, amusing and cringe-worthy, helpful and simply entertaining. It makes it such a pleasant read, even as I jot down copious notes. (Six pages of them, in fact. To be fair, I skimmed it after finishing so I could take notes the second go-round. I didn’t want to detract from the reading experience the first time.)

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The Creation of a Word

The Creation of a Word

Hello! In my first post on this blog, I thought I’d share an essay I wrote for a college course. It seems like an especially appropriate introduction to this blog and the type of information I hope to impart through it. The topic was how the children’s book Frindle illustrates the process of language evolution, particularly the creation of a word, as rare as it is. Words change meaning all the time, but seldom are new words invented entirely out of thin air. However, Frindle manages to use this premise to very simply portray how a word enters Common […]

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