Top Five Avoidable Edits

I’m occasionally asked which errors I bump into the most frequently during my everyday editing tasks. These are five very common ones. Double spaces between sentences. In the pre-PC era, when typewriter fonts allotted the same space for every character—called monospacing or fixed-width—the space bar was hit twice after every … Continue reading

Clear Facts, “Simplified”

Rance Crain’s recent column in Advertising Age, entitled “FDA Cheerios Challenge Shows Rise of Third World Mentality,” maligns the Food and Drug Administration over its semi-recent (5 May 2009) warning to Cheerios maker General Mills over packaging claims. He’s not nice about it. He cites the “archaic thinking” behind this … Continue reading