“Please take back out every Oxford comma,” a journalistic-minded author of mine once said. I began my editing career using Associated Press (AP) Style, so I understood his suggestion, but the house style at my current company mandated the use of the serial comma. We had a short, spirited, and (thankfully) respectful debate about it, and ultimately house style prevailed. I convinced the author that the meaning in his writing remained unchanged and using a serial comma accomplished something important to the company—it maintained consistency throughout their titles.
After almost three terms as the editorial assistant for Ooligan Press, I have become accustomed to the compulsory blank stare that results from hearing the term “light copyedit” when discussing blog posts and the importance of maintaining an author’s voice and intent. For some floaters, or volunteer editors, this glazed-over expression is a sign of […]
Fall term has arrived and has brought with it students new to Ooligan Press, students new to the book publishing program, and students new to The Ocean in My Ears team. Joining our team this term we have the talented Brianne Robinson, who is not new to Ooligan but is new to our team, along […]
The use of the singular “they” is so common in American speech that I find it a little funny that I’m writing about it. And yet, here I am. We say it all the time: “Everyone wants their cat to look cool on Halloween.” You know, as the saying goes. For ages it seemed, written […]
An editor’s job is often a thankless one. Those who stand between grammatical chaos and the unsuspecting public are called killjoys, grammar nazis, and soulless corporate minions. When the weight of all this negativity becomes too much, you can talk with your doctor about Prozac, or you can read this list of the Top Ten […]
I am sure it has happened to all of us, at one point or another; we are writing a story and the dreaded red squiggle appears. It proclaims that we have committed some great grammar sin and created a split infinitive. Today, I am going to tell you why split infinitives are not that bad. Before […]