Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Reflections like this never get old to me: Britt Peterson's piece at the Boston Globe: Why we love the language police.

More later...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Headline: New Research Unlocks the Secret of Employee Recognition

Great article.

Bersin writes, "Most CEO’s would pay millions of dollars to reduce voluntary turnover (this is when good people leave on their own)," and that's very encouraging to hear. But the number of companies willing to roll the dice on voluntary turnover remains, I think, quite large.

What's your experience like? Have you worked for an organization that recognizes and rewards outstanding 'editorial' achievement?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Q: A hyphenated compound appears in a title (subtitle, table heading, or text heading) – do you capitalize both parts of the hyphenated combo?

A: Naturally, following AMA style, it depends, but the following examples illustrate instances in which both parts of the hyphenated combo are capitalized in titles:

RAI-Refractory Disease
Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Cost-Benefit Analysis
B-Cell Lymphoma


Because (a) both elements of the hyphenated combo carry equal weight, and (b) the combos themselves are what AMA calls "temporary compounds" – that is, hyphenated when they appear together as a single adjective in front of the noun they modify but not hyphenated otherwise. Thus, a "B cell" is just that, a B cell, without a hyphen. But when "B cell" is used as an adjective to specify a type of lymphoma, then it's "B-cell lymphoma" in a sentence and "B-Cell Lymphoma" in a title.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Corrigenda continued: Stedman's Plus Spellchecker

I've been testing the Stedman's Plus Medical/Pharmaceutical Spellchecker Premium Edition program for months now.

Question: Should I make public my growing list of spelling errors programmed into the Premium Edition?

Talk about frustrating...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

10th edition corrigenda

Oxford gives the erratum (in PDF) for the 10th edition manual here [link]; it was last updated in November 2008.

Of course, it could use another update. Or two. Compare the hyphenated ranges in the example figure on page 107 with those given in the figure on 115. Ah-ha! Does a range hyphen take space on both sides or not?

Despite being incomplete, the erratum's still a solid hour of fun for the happy few nerdy enough to track down each error on the list, discovering the ones that got away from our own and Oxford's eyes.