Academic Editing, Copyediting & Proofreading

The Three Dashes

Hyphen: Hotel check-in time is 3:00 p.m.En dash: Tonight's dinner is 6:00–8:30.Em dash: Barry hasn't seen the new Aquaman movie—yet. Three different lengths. Three different functions. — The Grammar Geek (@The_GrammarGeek) February 8,...

British Obscenities

Useful for some editors and fiction authors. Trigger warning: graphic obscenities.

Your editorial niche

Authors respect and appreciate editors and copyeditors more when they show knowledge in a particular subject category or editorial niche. Mine is biblical studies.


I struggle with the lay/lie distinction, and I’m an editor. But language changes and this distinction is disappearing. Even if I could remember it, but as John E. McIntyre says in this article, “I am increasingly sure that it is not a hill I care to die...