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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Do You Really Know What "Corn" Means?

Sometimes words mean different things to people who work in different disciplines. Sometimes, that can be important in both the understanding of what we read and in editing for a particular audience. The word “corn” is one of those words. To anthropologists and many others “corn” is not just the agricultural product known as maize; they may take it to mean a cereal crop of any kind. You may read about “Roman corn.” It is not the stuff of popcorn or corn on the cob dripping in butter and salt. It is probably wheat—or even barley. Often any grain can become “corn” in translation when a specific grain is uncertain.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults, and speaks on issues of writing and publishing. Find her at Find the second edition of her multi award-winning The Frugal Editor: Do-it-yourself editing secrets for authors: From your query letter to final manuscript to the marketing of your bestseller. (HowToDoItFrugally Series of Books for Writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at , where writers 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 SharingingwithWriters blog. She tweets writers' resources at . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:


Karen Cioffi-Ventrice said...

Interesting. Who knew corn wasn't necessarily corn. :)

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

These are things meant to trip up even the most experienced editors, Karen!

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