Author Archives: Erin Brenner

About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Style Watch: The APA Style Guide

The author knows a lot about many publication styles. But APA just flummoxes her. Continue reading

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Reading the Roman Missal, Part 2: Oblation

Is “oblation” an everyday word, and if not, why does the Catholic Church use it so much? Continue reading

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Protecting the Tower or Holding Back the Tide?

Language changes are inevitable. One way they happen and how to deal with them in copy. Continue reading

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Writing Productivity: Measurements and Tools

Recently on the Copyediting blog, I wrote about how editors could measure their productivity: what measurements are useful, how to measure your productivity, and what tools you can use to measure them. Although writing is less linear than editing, productivity … Continue reading

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Reading the Roman Missal, Part 1: Consubstantial

Closely reading the new translation of the Roman Missal gives us some excellent lessons in writing. This week: using “consubstantial.” Continue reading

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The Many Dance Partners of “Enamored”

What’s wrong with “enamored with”? Continue reading

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Happy Bloomsday!

Raise a cup of cheer for James Joyce and celebrate Bloomsday with one of these activities. Continue reading

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Moving Toward Correct Usage

Is it “toward” or “towards”? “Afterward” or “afterwards”? And what’s with that “s”, anyway? Continue reading

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The Trouble with FANBOYS

FANBOYS can keep you from a comma splice, but only if you know what you’re doing with it. Continue reading

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It Is to Be Hoped That You’ll Agree

Last month, The AP Stylebook, the style guide for many American newspapers, finally gave up on restricting hopefully to its original meaning, “in a hopeful manner.” The stylebook now also allows hopefully to be as a sentence adverb meaning “it is hoped” or … Continue reading

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