Social media has spawned a generation who appear to believe that punctuation is optional, that grammar is for the elderly, and that ending a sentence with a period is an act of aggression. The guardian of grammar, Benjamin Dreyer, wants that to change.
"DO NOT MAKE A GRAMMATICAL ERROR." -- Me, to myself, as I wrote this piece.
Sloppy wriiting exists evywhere online, esp. on twitter.. This guy can help
His 23.6K followers on Twitter, which calls “the agora of the 21st century,” know him for his snappy language-related interventions
The best description I’ve read of copy editing: “It’s like a treasure hunt and the treasure is bad.”
THIS: ‘He once fell out with a friend he was editing when the friend insisted that, if you finish a sentence with a reference to the musical “Oklahoma!,” you should use a period after the exclamation point.’
Career goals: to respond "Too bad, ha ha ha" to an editor, and have it stand. "Once he wrote in the margin of one of Strout’s manuscripts that 'perhaps this is a somewhat tenuous connection,' he recalled. To which Strout responded: 'Too bad. Ha ha ha.'”
Excellent interview here. I'm reviewing the final copyedits of my book and some of it really hit home. (I too, enjoy a nice "quite.") After this round of edits I'm off to get 's book.
Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer
“If you’re going to have a house style, try not to have a house style visible from space” <- Good advice from copy editor’s copy editor
"Social media has spawned a generation of un-Strunk-and-White-ified people who appear to believe that punctuation is optional, that grammar is for the elderly and that ending a sentence with a period is a deliberate act of aggression."
“If you’re going to have a house style, try not to have a house style visible from space.”-- on The New Yorker.
“Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style” seems an instructive and amusing book: (via )
Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer via . Can’t wait to read “Dreyer’s English.” Just started following him, but now I will have to tone down my use of exclamation points!!!
to those who love clarity and style in writing- you must check out this book by cc