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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is It Dead to You?

The Washington Post recently ran an opinion piece by Gene Weingarten called, "Goodbye, Cruel Words: English. It's Dead to Me." Weingarten wrote:
The language's demise took few by surprise. Signs of its failing health had been evident for some time on the pages of America's daily newspapers, the flexible yet linguistically authoritative forums through which the day-to-day state of the language has traditionally been measured. Beset by the need to cut costs, and influenced by decreased public attention to grammar, punctuation and syntax in an era of unedited blogs and abbreviated instant communication, newspaper publishers have been cutting back on the use of copy editing, sometimes eliminating it entirely.
I believe that Weingarten speaks the truth. It's not only in newspapers that copy editing is eliminated, just pick up a contemporary novel. Typos are commonplace. It's rare nowadays to read a book that has no typos.

If you do any writing yourself, then you'll have to face facts--you can't depend on your editor and publisher to correct your mistakes. We can offer you our copy of Copyediting & Proofreading for Dummies by Suzanne Gilad [808 GIL] and send you off with our best wishes.

In case you forgot, this coming Friday, September 24, is National Punctuation Day!

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