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The Language of the Olympics

Aug 17, 2016 - Melissa MacAulay

Even the most sports-illiterate word nerds (I include myself in this category) will have been paying some attention to this month's Olympic Games &mda...

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Mysteries & Murders Make for a Chilling Summer

Aug 10, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo

In my most recent Kobo shopping spree, I was on the hunt for some great titles to carry me through the summer. I often find that I read certain genres...

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Editing Business Writing for Precision and Clarity

Aug 03, 2016 - Beth McAuley

Good business writing is clear and succinct. There are no unwanted words. The meaning is delivered with precision. The right tone, correct usage, and ...

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5 Best Grammar Blogs for Authors

Jul 27, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Hello, TEC blog readers! It's been a glorious summer so far, and we hope you have had ample time to enjoy the weather. This week, we are re-posting Le...

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I'm Ready for My Aria, Mr. de Mille: Opera Music in Movie Soundtracks

Jul 21, 2016 - Chris Cameron

Along with classical orchestral music, opera has always had a presence on movie soundtracks (having spent three decades as a professional opera singer...

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Austen vs Chandler: What Melissa Is Reading

Jul 14, 2016 - Melissa MacAulay

Since having my first baby earlier this year, my book-reading time has taken a serious hit. In fact, most of my reading for the past four months has c...

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Double Quotations vs. Single Quotations: What’s the Difference?

Jul 06, 2016 - Amy Verhaeghe

Double quotations vs. single quotations --  figuring out how to properly use both of these types of punctuation can be confusing, especially depe...

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What We're Reading: A Few Picks from TEC Editors

Jun 30, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo and Beth McAuley

Here at TEC, we generally view summer as prime reading time, what with all the vacations, long weekends at the cottage, and general relaxation. We've ...

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My Brush with Genius – an Editor Goes to the Movies

Jun 22, 2016 - Chris Cameron

What does an editor do?   We can be correctors, arbiters, hand-holders. We can correct spelling errors or rearrange whole chapters, fix d...

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4 Self-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid

Jun 15, 2016 - Lesley-Anne

So you've decided to self-publish a book. That's great! Self-publishing a book can be quite the journey, and it can also be incredibly rewarding. Here...

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Canadian and American Spelling in Action: A Sampler

Jun 08, 2016 - Compiled by the TEC TEAM

  Still puzzled by the different Canadian vs. American spellings? Drawing on the three blogs Barbara compiled (A to G, H to P, and Q to Z), we h...

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To Boldly Go: An Editor’s Journey Beyond the Infinite

Jun 01, 2016 - Chris Cameron

  Q: How many editors does it take to split an infinitive? A: Just one, but he has to really be persuaded. If, as Dr. Johnson said, patriotism...

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Canadian and American Spelling: Your Guide from Q to Z

May 18, 2016 - Barbara Kamienski

Stop right there. Did you read "queue to zee"? If you did, you're using American pronunciation. Up here in the land of butter tarts and ...

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10 Steps for “Working” Your Manuscript

May 11, 2016 - Beth McAuley

  What does it mean when we say an author is "working" the manuscript? It means that we recognize that the author is making the time...

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An Editor Reviews: Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto

May 04, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo

  How do you look at a city? What do you see when you walk down its alleys, across its streets, and through its neighbourhoods? When I look ...

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Editing the New Language: Shifting Gender Norms and the Grammatical Conventions

Apr 27, 2016 - Amy Verhaeghe

The "They" Debate The use of "they" as a gender-neutral singular pronoun has been the subject of much debate in the publishing wo...

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Toronto Place Names and What Not to Call Them

Apr 20, 2016 - Chris Cameron

  Every city has its own peculiarities of spelling and pronunciation. Some things you just have to know – such as the fact that the first ...

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Canadian and American Spelling: Your Guide from H to P

Apr 13, 2016 - Barbara Kamienski

Variety Is the Spice of Life It's hard to believe that a whole month has gone by since we posted the first part of our Canadian and American spelling...

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Editing & Hyphens: Tips on Hyphenating Your Writing

Apr 06, 2016 - Barbara Kamienski

We have been absolutely inundated with work this week at TEC! Because of our crazy schedules, we're re-posting one of our most useful blogs. Barbara...

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Why English is So Hard: A Poem

Apr 01, 2016 - The TEC Team

It's April Fool's Day, and in lieu of pulling pranks, we've got humour of a more literary nature in mind. With April being National Poetry Month ...

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Canadian vs. American Humour: Is there a Difference?

Mar 23, 2016 - Chris Cameron

  A 2012 article by Bruce McCall in Vanity Fair attempted to unravel the secret of Canadian humour (or "humor" as the magazine spelled...

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Canadian and American Spelling: Your Guide from A to G

Mar 09, 2016 - Barbara Kamienski

  Vive la Différence! We all know that there's a difference between Canadian and American spelling,* and many of us have a basic grasp o...

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3 Book-to-Movie Oscar Nominees: To Watch or To Read?

Mar 02, 2016 - Lesley-Anne Longo

  Oscar season might be over, but the many great movies that were nominated are still just as fantastic today as they were before the Oscars hap...

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A Farewell-for-Now Post from Academic Editor Melissa

Feb 24, 2016 - Melissa MacAulay

  As some of you may know, I am taking a hiatus from editing this spring, as I'm expecting my first baby to arrive any day now.   Alth...

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Let Me Rephrase That – The Fine (and Necessary) Art of Revising

Feb 18, 2016 - Chris Cameron

  An editor is an expert at revising collections of written words. In fact, one French term for editor is "réviseur." As a prof...