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A podcast worth a listen

It seems everyone has a new podcast these days. If you are anything like me, you might find that podcasts worth your time are scarce.

Hence, I was delighted to learn that Merriam-Webster launched a new podcast for logophiles called Word Matters. The first episode tackles the controversial “irregardless” and explains why “dinner” and “supper” both exist.

The lexicographers also touch upon how words make it into the dictionary. If you enjoyed reading Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper as much as I did, I believe you’re going to enjoy this podcast.

If you have any words you would like the word nerds to discuss on the podcast, they encourage you to contact them.

New logo

The talented people at Ingenious Tek Group came up with this beautiful new logo for me. I’d like to especially thank designer Ariel Perez for his creativity, professionalism, and patience in working with me on this logo as well as on countless book cover and website creations for many of my clients.

Note: This is not a sponsored post. This is a post by a happy customer.

Today’s Google Doodle in honor of Samuel Johnson’s birthday made my morning.

He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.

~Samuel Johnson

Check etymology in historical fiction

Using words in your historical fiction that weren’t used during the book’s time period detracts from the book. You might have a good plot and writing style, but your readers are expecting a well-researched narrative.

One of my favorite tasks when editing historical fiction is checking the etymology of words. Picking out the time-traveling words takes instinct and curiosity. I once researched “cute” out of editorial instinct and learned that it is short for “acute” and was originally synonymous with intelligent rather than adorable. Considering the time period of the novel I was editing, “cute” didn’t make the cut.

My two favorite online resources for checking etymology are: http://www.etymonline.com/ and https://www.merriam-webster.com/. These links are good starting points, but many words and phrases require more research.

MLK Day

Today I’m celebrating the life and love of Dr. King.

 

CMOS’ January Q&A

Each month The Chicago Manual of Style shares a list of Q & A. They’re educational, funny, and a bit snarky.

Example from this month’s Q&A:

Q. Can a citation be too long? And how do you know if it is?

A. If you run out of paper? If your computer crashes? (Is this a trick question?) A citation is probably too long if it looks silly or contains more information than necessary. You are probably the best judge of this.

You’ll find the full January Q&A here.

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