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  10:10 PM

Last week I posted the first half of a worksheet that we worked on during the recent copyediting class. Here are my notes for the issues in the sentences.

There's plenty of room for debate here. Because the Chicago Manual of Style was one of the class texts, many of the edits are based on that book. Other style guides have different theories about how to manage some of these issues.

Of course, some edits aren't controversial; you do have to spell words and names correctly, for example. Anyway, see what you think. If you have questions about any of the sentences, feel free to leave a comment.

This is the key for the abbreviations used to flag errors:
  • n.n = as discussed in CMoS reference (might not have definitive answer)
  • au = consult author to clarify meaning or agree on style
  • dict = consult dictionary; in general, use first variant.
  • edb = consult The Eggcorn Database
  • ssg = consult specialized style guide (e.g. Microsoft Manual of Style)
  • TCH = as discussed in The Copyeditor’s Handbook
  • um = consult usage manual (e.g. Garner, M-W Dictionary of English Usage)
  • web = find authoritative information on the web (e.g. company website)
And here are the sentences.
  1. Gray[dict; American spelling] whales have found a safe place to breed on Mexico's coast, where programs have been implemented to try to bring the marine mammals back from the brink of extinction.

  2. Commercial radio seemed dead, but college radio gave it a new lease[dict, web, edb] on life.

  3. Madeleine Albright[8.3, web] (born May 15, 1937[9.32]) was the first woman to become the United States secretary of state[8.21].

  4. The list contained an extensive list of dos and don’ts[7.13/dict] for practicing good browsing hygiene.

  5. Reviews have found that the data is[um, ssg] flawed in a surprising number of research projects.

  6. Three hundred and twelve[9.5] people showed up in response to an ad for two[9.2] open positions.

  7. You can buy both PDF[10.52] and hard-copy[ssg, dict] versions of the book.

  8. The division generated $600,000[9.24] USD[9.22] in profit on sales of $2.6 million USD[9.4, 9.8, 9.22].

  9. We ask that you please[7.47] tidy up after yourself.

  10. The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA)[10.3, 10.4] was entered in November 1998[6.45], originally between the four[9.3] largest United States tobacco companies and the attorneys general[7.7] of 46[9.3; cf 9.7] states.

  11. The reunification of the two Germanys[7.8] was a political triumph, but culturally, the differences took a generation to resolve.

  12. The company maintained a page with an FAQ[10.9] (frequently asked questions)[TCH 228] list.

  13. The People’s History of the United States[8.166] is a highly regarded[7.82] “alternative”[7.55] text that examines the United States’[7.19] development from the viewpoint of the so-called common people[7.56].

  14. The volume of “spam”[7.55] email[7.85/380, ssg] forced the website[7.76,ssg, dict] to temporarily suspend operations.

  15. Each user has a unique name within the account, and a set of security credentials[au, 7.54] not shared with other users.

  16. When signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964[8.79], LBJ[10.12] reportedly said that the Democratic Party[8.65] had lost the South[8.64] for a generation.

  17. One vendor[dict] suggested that the certifying body simply needed to issue more thorough exams.[au for meaning; 7.85/377]

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