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Zero to What? How to Treat Numbers in Different Editing Styles: A Cheat Sheet

Nov 09, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Here at TEC, it’s our job to provide our clients with the best guidance and advice in the editing and flow of their documents. Recently, we had ...

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Take a Break, Editors!

Nov 01, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Editing is hard work, and sometimes it's nice to take a break from editing a particularly difficult piece of text and have a bit of fun. I've collecte...

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Ask the Editor: How Do I Prepare for My First Meeting with An Editor?

Oct 12, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Did you know that for TEC's tenth anniversary, we are running a promotion where you can get a free consultation with our Senior Editor, Beth, to discu...

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How to Improve Informal Writing in Business Emails

Sep 28, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

    Chances are, you have had a lot of experience or contact with business writing: compiling expense or business reports, writing up cont...

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Subject-Verb Agreement

Sep 21, 2017 - Barbara Kamienski

  It's pretty simple, right? A singular subject takes a singular verb, and a plural subject takes a plural verb. The dog is barking. The dogs ar...

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Hot Off the Press! The Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition

Aug 24, 2017 - Beth McAuley

In celebration of the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (both hard copy and digital editions) we thought it would be appropriate t...

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Segues: Another Technique for Writing Transitions

Aug 17, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Segues are an important part of writing in any genre, and knowing how to use segues well can be the difference between a successful or not-so-successf...

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Two Men and a Printing Press: Keeping Alive the Art of Typography

Aug 03, 2017 - Anne Fullerton

    We're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but like it or not, when shopping around a bookstore with nothing particular in min...

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The Affected Effects of Impact

Jul 27, 2017 - Michael Bedford

Language and the way we use it is undeniably fluid. One doesn't have to look far to find idioms and words that have changed their wording and subseque...

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Less Is Not More: How to Write Longer Sentences (if you really have to)

Jul 20, 2017 - Barbara Kamienski

  Strunk and White's The Elements of Style is a classic, a compendium of pithy advice for writers who want to get their ideas across clearly and...

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Put the Brakes on Bad Breaks!

Jul 13, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Do you know the appropriate place to break a word like "friendship" or "disenfranchised"? Word breaks aren't something many peopl...

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Stumped by the Subjunctive

Jul 06, 2017 - Beth McAuley

I recently subscribed to the Globe and Mail for the Friday and Saturday editions. Friday's paper includes the Report on Business the last Friday of ea...

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An Insider’s Tale of the Canadian Opera Scene: A Review of Dr. Bartolo’s Umbrella

Jun 29, 2017 - Anne Fullerton

Dr. Bartolo's Umbrella and Other Tales from My Surprising Operatic Life By Christopher Cameron Published by Seraphim Editions, 2017   Form...

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Back from the Archives: Editing & Hyphens: Tips on Hyphenating Your Writing

Editing  /  Usage
Jun 22, 2017 - Barbara Kamienski

This week, we wanted to re-post one of our most consistently popular blogs: Barbara's 2015 blog on hyphenation! Even two years later, it's always at t...

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A Crash Course on Political Language from Roosevelt by way of Trump to Orwell

Jun 15, 2017 - Michael Bedford

    The political world gets progressively denser every day, especially the world of US politics. And, though Canadians often pretend at b...

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Misplaced Modifiers: How to Find Them and How to Lose Them

Jun 01, 2017 - Barbara Kamienski

    Remember Groucho Marx's famous quip? "One morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got into my pyjamas I'll never know.&q...

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Guardians of the Lexicons: A Guide to Editors Canada’s 2017 Conference

May 10, 2017 - Michael Bedford

    With April's end, we draw ever closer to Editors Canada's 2017 conference, entitled "Guardians of the Lexicons." With just o...

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How Public Speaking Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

May 03, 2017 - Laura Marinescu, Guest Blogger

    Standing up and standing out is easier than you may think!   Picture this scene: You are speaking confidently in front of forty...

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The Evolving Lexicon of Web Jargon

Apr 20, 2017 - Michael Bedford

Leafing through a copy of The Editorial Eye, Vol. 17, No. 9 from September 1994, I noticed a helpful article on abbreviations for technical terms. In ...

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A Little Bit of Editing, A Little Bit of Proofreading, A Little Bit of Formatting: The Final Steps in Polishing Your Dissertation

Apr 12, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

TEC has had a number of dissertations cross our desks over the past few months, and working on these important documents is always a process that requ...

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The Value of Having Your Thesis or Dissertation Edited by a Professional Editor

Apr 06, 2017 - Melissa MacAulay, Guest Blogger

  Having your thesis or dissertation edited by a professional editor can be an incredibly valuable investment. After all, a graduate degree is...

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Myths & Superstitions of the Theatre: Where Do They Come From?

Mar 29, 2017 - Michael Bedford

    I'm set to play Jack Manningham in The Tipling Stage Company's production of Gaslight. And because the play, Patrick Hamilton's psycho...

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Beware the Ides of March…Why?

Mar 15, 2017 - Lesley-Anne Longo

  If you haven't looked at a calendar yet today, you might not know that today, March 15, is actually the Ides of March. I'm sure you've hea...

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A Little Punctuation Goes a Long Way: Managing Your Commas

Mar 09, 2017 - Michael Bedford

    Few punctuation marks are misused as often as the comma. Sadly, many semi-professional or hobby writers of today seem to think that the comma is...

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Free to Read? Let's Not Take it for Granted

Mar 02, 2017 - TEC Editors

  The Book and Periodical Council's Freedom to Read Week, beyond simply being an annual event that showcases and remembers banned books, is an e...