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Then and Now

While clearing off the cobwebs from this blog (it’s a decorating choice, really — not a sign of neglect!), I began thinking about the prospect for change that each new year presents. Continue reading

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And as a Parting Gift, This Lovely Set of Matching Apostrophes

I try, I really do, not to judge people who perpetrate wanton apostrophe abuse in hand-lettered signs. We’re all human, mistakes are made, live and let live, I (usually) say. With that disclaimer, then, let’s rock and roll. We could … Continue reading

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Write This, Not That

I am a hopeless sucker for those “eat this, not that” articles. I chalk it up to my desire for a quick validation of my food choices (“I may not eat five servings of vegetables a day, but at least … Continue reading

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Keeping an Editor’s Inner Writer in Check

The daunting task of coming up with a blog post – daunting for me, at least, now that my initial burst of productivity has petered out – reminds me why I am an editor, not a writer. I like to … Continue reading

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Patients Are People, Too

Medical writing can be a bit … detached. In many contexts, a formal, dry voice is appropriate. When you’re reporting the methods and results of research, there isn’t room for rhetorical flourishes or personal commentary. This is not to say … Continue reading

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Pop Quiz: How Can an English Major Become a Medical Editor?

When I was a young editorial assistant, perhaps 2 years out of college, I attended one of my first editorial staff meetings. At the meeting, the managing editor sprang a pop quiz on the manuscript editors. The task was to … Continue reading

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Speak Softly, and Carry a Big Style Manual

I’m reading Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists. It’s a collection of linked stories, each one devoted to a staff member of a fading Italian newspaper. My favorite so far is Herman, the corrections editor: He hits save. It is entry No. … Continue reading

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Unlocking Those Caps

Google has unveiled a new laptop, the Google Cr-48 notebook. I usually pay no attention to such news, but even I couldn’t ignore the tech-site buzz over this device’s departure from keyboard orthodoxy: It has no caps lock key. Through … Continue reading

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America Runs On … Questionable Branding Tricks?

Notice anything odd about the holiday edition of the Dunkin’ Donuts cup? (If you haven’t come across the cup itself, perhaps you are not married to someone who worships at the altar of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.) It took me a … Continue reading

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Editing, Rules, and Rulers

When I tell people what I do for a living, I often hear, “Oh, I’d better watch my grammar!” Which in some ways is nice to hear. I don’t think nearly enough people use correct grammar, spelling, or punctuation. (Don’t … Continue reading

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