The New Lulu & my Laura E. Richards Editions

I tried out the recent changes at Lulu by publishing a series of books by Laura E. Richards from the 1890s. The new publication process has a few changes, both good and not-so-good: Now you can choose all aspects of your book format on the first page, and easily see which formats are acceptable for…

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The Sequence of Cumulative Adjectives

Cumulative (aka attributive) adjectives, unlike coordinate (aka correlative) adjectives, do not require commas between them when placed before their object in a sentence. While coordinate adjectives are sequentially interchangeable, there is a standard order to cumulative adjectives that most native English speakers understand intuitively without necessarily realizing it: Articles, possessives, and demonstratives:  the, her, those…

Gender Terminology, Old and New

Knowing the etymology and social history of words can be helpful in determining and remembering preferred forms. To that end, here is a very basic primer on some gender-related terminology: Transgender: An adjective, as in transgender person. Not transgenders, as if a noun, nor transgendered, as if a verb—the -ed suffix comes with the implication…

Link-O-Rama

A list of links, largely stolen from a recent Reddit thread of useful sites no one knows about, is up on BuzzFeed. In turn, here are a few links from those lists I hadn't previously known (or had forgotten) about and think are pretty neat: MerriamWebsterOnline's YouTube channel. "Ask the Editor" is a series of…