- Don't use colons after a heading. I mean, it's a heading, it's already separated from the body text. Why add a colon? It's redundant.
- While we're at it, stop using underline in headings too. Also redundant. And annoying.
- We ought to stop using "upon" when "on" works just as well and doesn't sound quite so pretentious.
- A reminder: Quotation marks go OUTSIDE the punctuation in nearly all instances. Outside. Outside. Outside.
- Stop using "and/or." That's just plain lazy. Writers should know the difference between the two. And if you think I'm the only person who fights against and/or, check this out: http://writingmatters.typepad.com/blog/2010/01/using-andor-in-a-sentence-is-just-plain-dumb.html
- Hopefully, no one will use "hopefully" to mean "I hope." It means "full of hope." If you hope something will happen, say that. Don't say "Hopefully something will happen." Oh, ugh.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Tidbittles from an Editorial Mind
Odd bits and pieces of editorial wisdom. (Or stupidity, depending on how you look at it.)