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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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...