“Bottom line: When the collection referred to by the word bunch is made up of people, a plural verb does not jar. When referring to bundles of straw, grass, grapes, cornhusks and the like, pair bunch with a singular verb.” But read this whole article for a more thorough explanation.
Excellent article, offering some thoughts for new writers on the complicated author-editor relationship.
Source: Advice for new authors about editors (essay)
Great article on the importance of spelling in this age of anything goes:
“Marshall McLuhan once said Canada is the world’s only country that knows how to live without an identity. What more is needed to bind us together than a dictionary with a 4,833-word entry for “eh” and an account of the profound nationalist meaning of “all-dressed” in both official languages?”
Source: Dictionary of Canadianisms is ‘tabled’ and ‘all-dressed’ – The Globe and Mail
The copyeditor frequently has to explain her spelling or style choices. In this case, it was prompted by the confusion between Canadian and US spelling.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s choice of the grey jay, also called the whisky jack, as Canada’s new national bird has ruffled some feathers — and the correct spelling of the bird’s name has provoked confused and angry comments from CBC readers.
Source: CBC’s spelling of grey jay/whisky jack is not for the birds
Anyone recall the first time they used the coinage “E-mail” for electronic mail? I’m happy it has evolved to email — the fewer hyphens the better.
via Oxford English Dictionary editors search for the origin of ‘email’ | Toronto Star.
If you’re not sure whether to use “an” before “historic,” here’s a very well-researched guide:
via Wordlady: What the h…?.
Well, fellow language geeks, this is really interesting stuff! Don’t click unless you have some spare time to explore all these infographics explaining the evolution of English.
25 maps that explain the English language – Vox.