“Anyone who has deadlines should also have a dictionary.”
So writes Carol Fisher Saller in her book “The Subversive Copy Editor.” Often overlooked in favor of a quick Google search, Saller wants writers and editors to dust off their old dictionaries and keep them handy, and remember that dictionaries offer guidance on more than just definitions and spellings.
Saller returns to Chicago Tonight with simple advice on answering your own questions and settling disputes.
Aug. 9: A visit from Carol Fisher Saller, the Subversive Copy Editor. She's here to help us make peace with changes to the English language.
May 17: The "Subversive Copy Editor" discusses tips for navigating the often-tricky process of editing someone else's work.
Oct. 8, 2015: Split infinitives, over versus more than, and passive voice—fewer things have a tendency to launch otherwise reasonable people into a lengthy professorial lecture than real or perceived violations of immutable grammar and style rules.