Happy 1st Anniversary, EFG Digest


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?

It’s EFG Digest’s 1st Anniversary!

One year ago, I thought it might be a good idea to condense all of the monthly Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 posts into one convenient email for people who don’t have time to read the blog every week. I’m glad I did because EFG Digest is gaining more subscribers every month, and I’m truly happy to have another way to share these weekly grammar and writing tips.

To say thanks, I’m holding a Rafflecopter contest. The prize is a $25 Amazon gift card. To enter, all you have to do is join my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, or tweet about the blog. The more you do, the more chances you’ll have to win. The contest form follows the weekly post.

Okay, now back to business.

It’s been awhile since I’ve focused on a specific letter of the alphabet. We left off at “T” back in the fall, so let’s talk about some interesting works and phrases that begin with “U” today.


You know how you’re supposed to write out the words in an acronym on the first reference, followed by encasing said acronym in parentheses? Well, apparently not with UFO.

According to the Associated Press Stylebook 2017 (AP), using UFO instead of unidentified flying object, is acceptable on all references.

What does the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) say? I don’t know. I couldn’t find it in the book or online, so I guess it’s okay to just use UFO. You’re editor will correct it, if necessary.


My eldest son went through a Mongolian phase when he was in junior high. For awhile, we thought he’d end up living in a yurt on the Steppes. During that time, our family did learn a lot about that extraordinary country, and I personally developed an affinity for Mongolian throat singing. Don’t dis it until you’ve heard it. Throat singing is pretty cool.

Anyhow, AP used to advise to spell the capital of Mongolia thusly—Ulan Bator—but it looks like things have changed.

It should now be spelled as Ulaanbaatar, which seems more correct. Glad to see it.

Unexceptional, unexceptionable

According to CMS, unexceptional means “not very good; no better than average,” while unexceptionable is “not open to objection.” Big difference.


Do not capitalize upstate when you use it in a phrase such as upstate New York, according to AP.


Did you know URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator? Me, neither.

Hope you have a great day and good luck in the EFG 1st Anniversary Contest. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday. See you then!

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

The Associated Press Stylebook, 2017 edition
The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition
Strunk and White's The Elements of Style
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition


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.


Anonymous said…
Happy anniversary!

The capital of Mongolia is spelled Ulan Bator in Serbian, but that's because foreign names have to be transcribed.
Sheryl Jeffries said…
I love this blog, Happy Anniversary!!!!!
angel011: Thanks for the good wishes. Interesting about the spelling in Serbian and the different ways to spell the same thing.

Sheryl: Thanks a lot for being a part of the Editing for Grammarphobes family. :)
Mel Parish said…
Happy Anniversary! This is one of my favorite blogs - so useful and fun! Thanks, Karen.
Mel, you made my day! Thanks so much.

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