Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: 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


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. 


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. 


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.


brenda said…
I hadn't head of the word Jibe, I know what's wrong with me. Give that I work with designers, my daughter is a graphic designer I should have known what JPEG stood for, but as you said, we learn something knew everyday.
I just corrected an editing client who put the "e" in judgment. I see it all the time.
Everyone I know says "jive." Who knew?
I do, too, Kelly. It's one I've tried to commit to memory or at least red flag it.
Mel Parish said…
Interesting distinction between jealousy and envy - makes sense but makes you realize how often they are used incorrectly. Thanks. (And for the definition of JPEG!)
You're welcome, Mel. Thanks for stopping by.
Patricia said…
Happy New Year to you too, Karen! Your posts always are informative. Thanks!

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