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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Old Grammar Rule Redefined

Longtime subscriber (and amazing book cover designer Chaz DeSimone) sends me this must-read link that you can add to your permanent editing file:

Using “they” in the singular has been a broken rule that’s been leaning toward acceptability for a long time. It's so awkward to do the he or she bit and choosing just he or she is always risky. Someone is going to be insulted including people who don’t identify with either gender. And trading around between he and she is just plain confusing anyway. I don't go along with this kind of proclamation until the Chicago Style Book says it's okay. The book industry is fu-u-u-ssy!
 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. (-:

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