Author Archives: Suzanne S. Barnhill

Editor’s Note: I’m Used to Being Ignored

About six months ago, I was invited to join a Facebook group called “Language Snobs ‘Я’ Us.” The group includes some other copy editors but is mostly made up of people who are serious about correct grammar (in the broadest … Continue reading

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Local Ups and Downs

Until quite recently, the lot shown above, on Bayview facing Knoll Park, was dominated by the immense oak tree shown in the rear of the photo. The property owner had long intended to build a personal residence on the lot, … Continue reading

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Small Victories

As more and more of us are confined to our homes, the Internet has become more vital as a means of communication and socializing. Since I work from home all the time, this is nothing new for me, but its … Continue reading

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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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