“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.
If you’re not sure whether to use “an” before “historic,” here’s a very well-researched guide:
via Wordlady: What the h…?.
This is a great article outlining an interview with an outstanding copyeditor. The editor describes what she does, as well as the steps she uses when editing a manuscript. Some great tips at the end on how to properly use a comma!
The Millions : Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor.
Here’s a handy flowchart to help you decide, but it’s generally a good idea to abstain as much as possible!
via Do You Really Need That Exclamation Point? [Flowchart].
This kind of thing keeps editors awake at night! Seriously though, that’s why we have dictionaries and style guides to consult.
via Is it Honey Bee or HoneyBee? Bed Bug or Bedbug? House Fly or Housefly? – Entomology Today.
You’ve likely seen this infographic before, but it’s worth a repeat — so many of these spelling and grammar errors can be avoided with careful writing…and a copy edit! Hire an editor!
15 Grammatical Errors that Make You Look Silly.
Tweet or tweet? Website or web site? Well, for those of us who write for the web (and care about such distinctions!), there is a new style guide for the internet (lowercase), published by Buzzfeed. Next time you’re wondering about whether Twitterverse is capped, check it out!
LOL and/or Lol! The Internet Has a Style Guide Now – Megan Garber – The Atlantic.
Writers, take note: this is a great little website explaining all the possible ways to use and misuse the comma, and it includes relevant examples.
Comma — The Punctuation Guide.
New little column highlighting some of the differences between the various “Englishes” you will come across as a copyeditor. As a Canadian editor, this very much hits home.
Canadian, Eh? | Copyediting.com.