Comma, the Commander

Commas are tiny, versatile, omnipotent commanders of the punctuation weaponry, helping us mortal editors who wage an everyday Kurukshetra against the evil of loss-of-meaning, the Incomprehensibility.

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The find-and-replA/Ce menA/Ce continues…

I talked about it already (here). Without doubt, the find-and-replace option is a handy tool for a copy editor. Here is an example of another instance when the tool was used thoughtlessly. Long live copyediting!

Setting Up MS Word for Editing – Global

Microsoft Word is almost the undisputed king as writing and editing platform. There is more to this than meets the eye. Word offers fantastic features that can help editors make editing more fun. This post is about making some global settings for Word, irrespective of the project.

misplaced nodifier

A WhatsApp conversation. U: "What is the English translation of போர்க்கால அடிப்படை?" S: "War footing" U: "Thanks, S. Is this a noun?" S: "Welcome" U: "Adjective?" S: "Yes" "On a war footing" "Adverb" "Action taken on a war footing" U: "Great" M: "Sorry to differ, S. War footing is a noun. The fact that an article … Continue reading misplaced nodifier

More thoughts on since vs. because. Or, Since you read my previous post…

In my previous post I talked about the use of since and because and how they are different or same. This piece is more a hangover due to the previous post. After having thought and talked about the grammar side of since vs. because, I still felt the previous post was not complete. While I talked more … Continue reading More thoughts on since vs. because. Or, Since you read my previous post…

Since when since has been replaced by because? Or, to sin(ce) or not to sin(ce)?

The moment you started typing since, Google will suggest since vs because. Such is the power of this pair of words. The confusion stems from the fact that since and because are interchangeable, though not always. In fact, there is no confusion most of the times. Perhaps people were asked to clarify when there was … Continue reading Since when since has been replaced by because? Or, to sin(ce) or not to sin(ce)?