Perhaps you are tiring of my voice. (Imagine what my children must have endured.) So take a look at some of the other people who are writing intelligently and practically about language. Get some relief.
Bill, a colleague of many years in the American Copy Editors Society, works at some newspaper to the south of Baltimore. His two books, Lapsing into a Comma and The Elephants of Style, abound in trenchant, sensible advice about usage. His workshop on Rules That Aren’t Rules has pulled in crowds at ACES conferences, and his blog, Blogslot, will repay your time:
Doug, who teaches journalism at the University of South Carolina, has wide-ranging interests in journalism, and he comments with perspicuity about the emerging trends in the business. When I want to make sense of what is going on in newspaper and electronic journalism, I go to Common Sense Journalism:
Fred, who works out of the University of Missouri, keeps coming up with penetrating structural analyses of sentences and articles. If something is published with a blurred focus, a weak spot, or sloppy thinking, Fred will dissect it before your eyes. He is one sharp reader.
Pam, one of the co-founders of ACES, a news service editor based at Newsday on Long Island and an indefatigable cultivator of talent, writes on a broad range of interests touching on journalism: language, politics, editing — the whole shebang. In agreement, she is an invaluable ally; in disagreement, a worthy foe.
You can find Ruth Walker’s Verbal Energy blog at The Christian Science Monitor. She starts with language and expands into history, culture and contemporary society. Her work is thoroughly researched, clear and unfailingly interesting:
Jan Freeman’s column, The Word, appears in The Boston Globe. She challenged me this week on calling bureaucratic jargon pompous, and the exercise of explaining what I meant compelled me to inspect my ideas more closely. Her column should have a similar effect on you:
Paul R. Martin, formally retired after a distinguished career at The Wall Street Journal, continues to put out a newsletter, Style & Substance, for the paper. Look in on it to find out how much precision and rigorous self-examination contribute to the making of one the nation’s great newspapers:
At the News and Observer in Raleigh, Pam Nelson puts out the Triangle Grammar Guide, addressing issues that provoke or pique readers. Test your own mettle as a writer or editor by working through her periodic quizzes.
Andy Bechtel teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His commentaries on what he reads in newspapers or online are refreshingly direct and free of academic jargon. His blog is The Editor’s Desk:
They gave Nicole Stockdale a new job at the Dallas Morning News, and that seems to have put a crimp in her blogging. Have a look anyhow at A Capital Idea to see what things engage a smart editor’s attention:
And never ignore my many colleagues carping away at the Testy Copy Editors discussion board: