Adrienne (scieditor)

Author's details

Name: Adrienne (scieditor)
Date registered: May 25, 2011
URL: http://www.catchthesun.net

Biography

An editor of words, mostly those in instructional materials — and mostly on technical subjects such as science.

Latest posts

  1. Creative Earners Salary Survey Results — January 28, 2015
  2. Words to Stop the Red Flags Flapping — January 26, 2015
  3. LOTW 4, 2015 — January 23, 2015
  4. Newly Updated Guide to Editing Canadian English — January 21, 2015
  5. LOTW 3, 2015 — January 16, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Productivity Rates in Editing — 13 comments
  2. Basic PDF Mark-Up for Copy Editors and Proofreaders — 15 comments
  3. How to Find Freelance Editing Work — 10 comments
  4. Thinking of a Career in Editing? — 9 comments
  5. Surprising 2-Step Trick to Find the Going Rate in Your Market Niche (podcast) — 16 comments

Author's posts listings

Jan 28

Creative Earners Salary Survey Results

Hey kids, notice that the average hourly fee for proofreading is $63 for those with 5–14 years’ experience? It’s only $57 for those with over 14 years’ experience. Does that mean that our fresher counterparts are better at asserting their worth? Ok, let’s not call it worth, but are they better at asking for higher pay?

Tweet this post.Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com I pull a few numbers from the Registered Graphic Designers (of Canada) annual salary survey (2014). Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/creative-earners-salary-survey-results/

Jan 26

Words to Stop the Red Flags Flapping

row of red flags fluttering

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Red flags, red flags,
What’cha gonna do?
What’cha gonna do,
when they come for you?

Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com, four things to say to address the red flags flapping right in your face. — A follow-up on my 21 25 Red Flags post.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/words-to-stop-the-red-flags-flapping/

Jan 23

LOTW 4, 2015

Tweet this post.Picks from the interwebs this week for my word- and tech-nerd peeps:

  • cat V editor, and some fur-less purring to make up for the asshole behaviour
  • language map and historical thesaurus
  • famous graphic design quotes
  • a keyboard that powers itself, as it should
  • the science of happiness, learnings from the last year
  • Grammarly sucks, it is shown again (I always say that the users who praise it are not qualified to assess it. Here is a review from someone who is qualified.)
  • inclusive language resources
  • and a silly but incredibly practical soup ladle

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/lotw-4-2015/

Jan 21

Newly Updated Guide to Editing Canadian English

cover image of Editing Canadian English, 3rd edition and the online interfaceAnnouncement of the updated guide to Editing Canadian English (ECE3) today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

Tweet this post.The guide is now in beta testing online by the Editors’ Association of Canada. Three years in the making, this much-needed update involved hundreds of volunteers—professional, veteran editors including me. I wrote chapters on editing in the educational market and on software for editing.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/newly-updated-guide-to-editing-canadian-english/

Jan 16

LOTW 3, 2015

Picks from the interwebs this week for my word- and tech-nerd peeps:
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  • science of why a second monitor is the best ROI
  • history of the pencil
  • realism for fiction writers: surviving multiple attackers
  • the biz of audiobooks
  • animal size comparison for easy” visualization of metric distances (SI units)
  • apostrophes for plurals of abbreviations, acronyms
  • literacy stats update
  • reducing math anxiety
  • rockets, explained for the public, by xkcd
  • video visualizing the size of black holes

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/lotw-3-2015/

Jan 14

Don’t Italicize French Ballet Terms

ballet shoe pile
Tweet this quote.Italicizing ballet terms because they’re French? Oh no, you don’t! Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/dont-italicize-french-ballet-terms/

Jan 13

How New Words Catch On

During the seasonal onslaught of retrospectives, Ben Zimmer predicted new words that 2015 will bring, and pondered why some never catch on. A great bit of fun and relief.

I say that to succeed, new terms require two things:

  1. They must roll off the tongue. If you trip and stumble over saying the new words, who is going to bother?
  2. They must be self-explanatory. The average listener needs to be able to figure out what two terms you’ve combined or what root words you’ve bastardized for this clever new use. What’s the point of a new word if it slows down communication? Beyond the purpose of excluding those “not in the know,” of course.

Ben gives the great example of a textruption, which he says is “an interruption of a conversation caused by a text message.” Easy to say, not hard to figure out. Except that it might be related to eruption: that sudden series of a dozen texts from an excited or desperate source.

Perhaps instead of combining text with interruption, it would be clearer to use a word like intrusion or disturbance. How would those play out? Textrusion? Texturbance? What about textoyance: an annoyance of texts?

Textvasion, textcursion, Tourrtexts? An invasion of, and incursion of, or a bleating of texts akin to an outburst of Tourette’s.

But they key component to Ben’s textruption term is that the person you are conversing with interrupts your conversation to pay attention to the text. Important notice: this is not necessary. You don’t have to look at the text just because it bleeted at you.

Ben, I think the word you’re looking for is jerk.

Actually, there is a third thing a new word needs to become real: use. And that happens by influence. All those words your family makes up don’t spread beyond because you don’t have influence. Your family slang (or the argot of your clique) isn’t said to enough people to spread its use widely. Unless you ARE that influential. Like Ben Zimmer.

orange section splashing chocolate on a spoon

Satisfice is one word — a piece of management jargon really — that hasn’t caught on because, I say, it 1) sounds like a mistake, and 2) tried to take the place of two perfectly good words that are satisficetory in themselves. Actually, that may illustrate yet another reason it hasn’t caught on: it’s hard to add a suffix to. It doesn’t fit smoothly into our linguistic practices.

 

*Satisfice is a combination of satisfactory and sufficient (suffice) that means “good enough.” God, there’s a third term that is in itself satisficetory enough. What a waste of letters.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/how-new-words-catch-on/

Jan 12

Resolution: Spot the Red Flags

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Call this another resolution: This year, I’m going to spot the red flags.

21 red flags that signal bad projects, and the pitfalls they warn you of; today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. These are those little things that make you cringe and hold your breath. “Is this going to be one of those projects?” you hear your little voice say. “Those projects that turn from ‘Wee!’ to WEEE?” (Worst editing experience ever, Arlene Prunkl put it.)

 

Is this going to be one of those projects that turn from ‘Wee!’ to WEEE?

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/resolution-spot-the-red-flags/

Jan 09

LOTW 2, 2015

Picks from the interwebs this week (the second week of 2015 already!) for my word- and tech-nerd peeps:
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  • practical steps (with a little emotional IQ) to get buy-in from the boss
  • predicting new words of 2015
  • data pitfalls — the gap between data and reality
  • travel posters for off-world
  • popularity of names, by profession
  • job boards for creatives

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/lotw-2-2015/

Jan 07

Hockey Style in Canada

close up of hockey blades and puck on a frozen pond
Tweet this post.So, apparently some big sports-like thingy went on this week. Or so my social media feeds would have me think; cryptically.

Yay, your team!

It’s winter, so I’m guessing hockey. Or maybe basketball. That’s a winter sport, right?

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2015/01/hockey-style-in-canada/

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