“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)
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.
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.
Ah, the English language! Fun factoid for writers and grammar geeks — words with several meanings, some opposite. Check out this link:
14 Words That Are Their Own Opposites | Mental Floss.
The English language is constantly evolving away from its British origins long ago. Canadians recognize Americanisms or Britishisms when we’re travelling (grits? tyre?) — here are a few Canadianisms most of us should recognize and a link to a book with many more compiled for us. Can you think of any more?
From ‘toque’ to ‘mickey,’ ten Canadianisms that leave other English speakers utterly confused | National Post.
Here is an interesting article on one book author’s successful experience with self-publishing last year in Canada.
2013: The year of self-publishing | Toronto Star.
Thriller writer Elmore Leonard died this past week, and several news outlets have been highlighting his famous “10 Rules of Good Writing” — here is a link to his original NYT article, rather than just someone’s reiteration of his rules!
WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle – New York Times.