Stuff editors like: Word games

Editors tend to love words, word puzzles and word games. I asked editing friends, colleagues and strangers on Twitter what they liked to play, and I got a broad range of answers. The games everyone knows came up, of course, but some lesser-known ones got mentioned and I learned about a few new ones to…

You still need a person

A recent post on the Economist’s language blog about a sign on a New York shop window discussed the inadequacy of relying solely on a computer or bilingual dictionary for translation. All the shop owner — admirably — wanted to do was welcome tourists in their own language (some of them, anyway, and I still…

Our favorite books: Flip Dictionary

Originally posted on Grammar Monkeys on June 18, 2009. Flip Dictionary by Barbara Ann Kipfer (Writer’s Digest Books, 693 pages, $19.99 paper) It’s not quite a thesaurus and not really a dictionary, but this word reference is a useful book indeed. Subtitled “For when you know what you want to say but can’t think of…