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Saturday, October 15, 2011

On Editing: Americanisms Even Americans Should Avoid

This is from the "In the News" feature of my Sharing with Writers newsletter. I thought subscribers and visitors to this editing blog would be interested:


In the News: The English, it appears, are getting as fussy about importing dreaded Americanisms into "their" language as the French. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14201796. And don’t just click for the fun of. There are some gems in here that will help Americans avoid undesirable (probably) Americanisms, too! (-: 

Some of the suggestions (meant for Brits' ears only--apparently) would help Americans. Some are my own pet peeves. A couple are even mentioned in my little $6.95 booklet, Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers (www.budurl.com/WordtrippersPB).  One of those is "It is what it is."  Anotther pet peeve (and favorite of newscasters everywhere) is "Going forward."  But do go to this list yourself. Pul-eeze! (-:  

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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 (How To Do It Frugally series of book for writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at www.howtodoitfrugally.com/writers_books.htm , where writers will find lists and other helps including Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. She tweets writers' resources at www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

1 comment:

Maggie Lyons said...

As a British American editor/writer I have a few pet peeves as far as concerns Americanisms. One of them is the ungrammatical use of the adverbial phrase "as far as" without a verb such as "concerns," which should follow.

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