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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 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 (  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 , 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 . 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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