Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: Ready? Okay!


Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?



Remember when people used to write, with a pen, I mean, as in penmanship? I was that dork who spent countless hours practicing getting my name just so. I haven’t thought about the physical act of cursive writing for awhile. Discussing the letter “K” this week brought back a wave of memories of fourth grade in Miss Alesh’s class, thick-lined paper, and practice, practice, practice, since I probably spent the most time on “K” and “W,” intertwining them into my own, self-designed monogram. I never said I was popular.

Anyhow, let’s see what’s up with words that begin with the letter “K.”

K


“K” is used in references to modem speed transmissions, as well as statistical references to kilometers, and to represent thousands in monetary amounts, according to the Associated Press Stylebook 2016.

Examples


George bought a 56K modem.

Barbara ran a 10K race.

Employee Jane Doe makes $50K. If she were a man doing the same job, she would earn 20% more.


Kibbutz


A kibbutz is an Israeli collective settlement or commune. The plural is kibbutzim, AP notes.


Kriss Kringle


Now this is interesting. According to AP, this alternative name for Santa Claus is derived from the German word, “Christkindl,” or baby Jesus, not from another version of Kris or Chris. I’ve been spelling it wrong for my entire life! How about you?


K2


K2 (no hyphen) is the world’s second-tallest mountain.


Kuomintang


The Chinese Nationalist political party is called Kuomintang, but do not add the word “party” afterward. Tang means party so you would be saying the Chinese Nationalist party party.



References


These five books are on my desk at all times. Maybe they'll help you as well.

The Associated Press Stylebook, 2016 edition
The Chicago Manual of Style
Strunk and White's The Elements of Style
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition
The Bugaboo Review: A lighthearted guide to exterminating confusion about words, spelling, and grammar


Bio


A professional writer/editor for almost 30 years, Karen Wojcik Berner's wide and varied experience includes such topics as grammar, blog content, book reviews, corporate communications, the arts, paint and coatings, real estate, the fire service, writing and literature, research, and publishing. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, Naperville Magazine, and Fresh Fiction. She also is the author of three contemporary women's fiction novels and is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association. For more information on Karen, please visit www.karenberner.com.




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jumping Back In



Photo courtesy of Danny Schreiner.

Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?


My husband’s birthday last week signaled the official end of the holidays in the Berner home. Time to get back into our regular schedules and that means Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 every Wednesday. 

We ended our alphabet series in 2016 with the letter “I,” so let’s jump back in with “J.”


Jealousy, envy


More often than not, jealousy and envy are used synonymously, but according to The Chicago Manual of Style, that’s not correct. 

Jealousy, it states, “connotes feelings of resentment toward another, particularly in matters relating to intimate relationships.” On the other hand, envy, CMS notes, “refers to covetousness of another’s advantages, possessions, or abilities. 

Jibe, jive


Jibe means to shift direction in nautical terms, but it also is the colloquial word for “to agree,” such as in the following example sentence from The Associated Press Stylebook 2016.

Their stories didn’t jibe.

Not their stories didn’t jive, which I’ve heard many times. 

Jive is a jazz and swing music term. It also can mean “deceptive or phony talk,” according to The Bugaboo Review

JPEG, JPG


AP states these common image formats and acronyms for Joint Photographic Experts Group can be used alone with no parenthetical explanation. 

Did you know that is what JPEG stood for? Me either. See? You can learn so much on Editing for Grammarphobes day. 

Judge, judgment


Although judge ends with an “e,” it is not present in judgment. 


Juvenile


Note there is only one “l” in juvenile, not two. 


Happy New Year, my friends. I hope it brings you peace, love, and a whole lot of laughs. Join me next week for some kick-ass “K” words. 




Bio

A professional writer/editor for almost 30 years, Karen Wojcik Berner's wide and varied experience includes such topics as blog content, book reviews, corporate communications, the arts, paint and coatings, real estate, the fire service, writing and literature, research, and publishing. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, Naperville Magazine, and Fresh Fiction. She also is the author of three contemporary women's fiction novels and is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association.