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The find-and-replace menace

OK. Don’t pounce on me as if I advised you not to use find and replace. I agree that find and replace is an excellent Word tool for editors. But you should also remember that you are dealing with a machine. If you want to replace all -ize ending words with -ise...

each of them vs they each

Here is another trivia. The indefinite pronoun “each” is singular. It takes a singular verb. Each creation is different. Note that “each” comes before a singular noun and takes a singular verb. If “each” is followed by an...

amusing abbreviations

I came across the abbreviation MEXT, which stands for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. You expect the abbreviation to be MECSST. Someone was ingenious, thought MECSST was boring, and suggested MEXT – the way MECSST will be...

it is “-er” always

Everyone aware of the US/UK variant in spellings is well aware that words ending in “-er” in US spelling end in “-re” in UK spelling. For example, “fiber” and “fibre”; “titer” and “titre”. One...

need copyeditors

In his blog Ask the Agent, Andy Ross interviewed Mary Norris of the New Yorker. In a comment, one Ravikumar, apparently from my state, Tamil Nadu,  lamented that “we publish hundreds of weeklies and thousands of books every year. but there is no copy editor...

inebriated? is it not drunken?

A PTI (Press Trust of India) news item read in The Hindu begins thus: Two girls, suspected to have been in an inebriated condition, lost control over their vehicle and rammed into a motorbike, in a high-security area of the city Read the piece here. Why would you want...

well, is that good?

In a recent interview aired on channel Star Vijay, Gopinath interviewed a Tamil actor. The actor was recalling how he felt it difficult to perform certain dance movements. When Gopinath asked the actor how one of his co-actors dances, he said, “He is a good...

ambiguous pronouns

The draft version of the first sentence of my first blog post ((faulty) parallelism) read thus: As part of rebuilding this blog (I started this way back in 2008, with nothing being posted till now), I was skimming through various WordPress pages. When I read the entry...
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