Author Archives: Suzanne S. Barnhill

A New Women’s Movement?

You probably recognize this symbol: As Wikipedia explains it, “According to tradition, ancient Christians, during their persecution by the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ, used the fish symbol to mark meeting places and tombs, or to … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note: The Invisible Work of the Copy Editor

This is the fourth in a series of occasional articles on grammar and language. The life of a copy editor is difficult because it is not possible to read anything without mentally (and often physically) correcting it. The past week … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note: Liars and Layers

This is the third in a series of occasional articles on grammar and language. A few facts to begin with: I own a Kindle. I am a cheapskate. Because I don’t like to spend money on books (I’m a faithful … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note: Did It Happen or Not?

This is the second in a series of occasional posts on grammar and copy editing. A couple of weeks ago, the following headline appeared in a daily email newsletter from the Washington Post: If I were copy editing this, I … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note: Getting Started

This is the first of a series of occasional posts on grammar and copy editing. When I first started my business, I was mostly typing student papers, and it was clear that my competitive edge was that I automatically edited … Continue reading

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Pleasantries

In the July issue of The Rotarian, the official magazine of Rotary International, circulated to over 500,000 English-speaking Rotarians worldwide, frequent contributor David Sarasohn, in an article titled “Wishful Thanking,” ranted about the use of “No problem” instead of “You’re … Continue reading

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Fairhope Scavenger Hunt: Part 2

Over a year ago, I posted the “Birdwatcher Edition” of the Fairhope Scavenger Hunt. I fully intended to return the next day or the next week to post a follow-up. Then life happened. May and June are always busy for … Continue reading

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