William Caxton introduced the printing press around 1400.In the prologue to the first book to be printed in England, The Recuyell(compilation) of the Historyes of Troy, he reflects on his experience in the translating business. He met Lady Margaret, the sister of King Edward IV, and happened to mention what he had done.She gave her critiqueContinue reading “The First English Copyeditor”
IGNOU offers a certificate course in copyediting and proofreading, which is of 6 months’ duration. Details are available on the site: http://www.ignou.ac.in Symbiosis Distance Learning Programme offers a 1 year Post-Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design. The site is http://www.scdl.net/pgdid.asp Being an accredited proofreader and belonging to a socity for proofreaders and editors sure helps:Check outContinue reading “Interesting courses and memberships”
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Visit these bright and cheery sites to know which books on English grammar I’m dying to read, but I haven’t gotten hold of yet: http://www.grammarphobia.com/books_woe.html http://www.grammarphobia.com/books_words.html About the author: Patricia O’ Conner While she was working at the New York Times, Jane Isay, then the publisher of Grosset/Putnam, asked Patricia O’ Conner to write a lighthearted grammarContinue reading “Woe is I and Words Fail Me”
A panda walks into a bar. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air. “Why? Why are you behaving in this strange, un-panda-like fashion?” asks the confused waiter, as the panda walks towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses itContinue reading “Panda Joke”
A malapropism is the use of an incorrect word sounding similar to the word a person originally wished to use. The word malapropism has been derived from English Literature. The famous playwright, Sheridan in his play The Rivals in 1775 introduced a character known as Mrs. Malaprop who would use incorrect words that sounded similarContinue reading “Malapropism”
Here’s a site for book lovers. It’s called http://www.shelfari.com The site enables you to put up a “shelf” or display of your top 10 books, compare notes with other members about books, go through book reviews, and so on and so forth. However, upon using it, my personal experience is that it is not veryContinue reading “Site for book lovers”