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Friday, May 1, 2009

Until or Til. Assumptions Can Kill Credibility!

Couldn't resist sharing this editing tip from my Sharing with writers newsletter with you. I just saw it used incorrectly in a respected literary journal.

Til is a word. ‘Till isn’t. Nor is ‘til. Many of us incorrectly assume that the apostrophe takes the place of “un” in “until” but it doesn’t. I don’t know of single dictionary or style book that doesn’t agree with this spelling so that makes it pretty much a RULE you don’t want to break.

Yep, assumptions--even logical ones--can kill credibility!


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Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0978515870. Learn more about her other authors' aids at www.howtodoitfrugally.com, where writers will find lists and other helps on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog.

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