Should you be sending your readers to the dictionary for every sentence you write?
A client recently asked me if I ever have an opinion on certain words. I don’t. Words are there to communicate a message – to tell a story. I do not sit with a dictionary ticking off the words I love and scratching out the words I hate.
When I’m editing or proofreading, I’ll use a variety of tools and reference materials in order to get things right. Along with spelling, one of the biggest things to watch for is hyphenation, closing up or opening up of words.
When it comes to proofreading and editing, what are the tools of the copyediting and proofreading trade that I use to complete the job? How do I make your texts the best it could be?
What’s the difference between pandemic and epidemic? What’s worse? What are we currently experiencing?
The Oxford English Dictionary’s New Words List for April 2020 gives these new terms. If you are interested in finding the definitions, head over to their amazing website. It’s one I am using constantly, as words continue to morph and usage changes, especially in these times!