Category Archives: Writing

Do you write “like a girl?”

Recently, while catching up on some of my magazine reading, I noticed something surprising: without looking at the byline, I was able to guess whether or not the author of any given article was a woman or a man with … Continue reading

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Should You Spell Out Numbers In Legal Documents?

I have mentioned in the past that some of my editorial and writing work has included documents for law firms or related legal applications. Legal filings are beyond my expertise, but I’ve done a lot of work for use on … Continue reading

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Microaggressions in Editing?

An interesting headline crossed my desk from a couple of different directions recently. Here’s the source story by Crystal Shelley over at ACES, if you’d like to give it a quick read before continuing (it’s short but it’s not necessary … Continue reading

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An Editor’s Review: The Expanse

It’s not a focus on this blog, but very occasionally I’ll post a review of a book or film. When I do, it’s because something about that work has caught my attention: in the way language is used, or the … Continue reading

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What is a pleonasm? And when should you use one?

Here’s another word (and concept) from the seemingly infinite list of words describing specific uses of language: pleonasm. A pleonasm is an extra word of phrase that’s used when it isn’t needed. It’s a particular sort—or perhaps it’s better to … Continue reading

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