Odd Little Morsel

I encountered a rare occurence while editing the other day: a writer misspelled hors d’oeuvre. And, to be more accurate, the writer didn’t misspell it so much as mispunctuate it. She left off the apostrophe. It’s a funny tic of the trade that I come across egregious misspellings of common words every day but a … Continue reading

My Worst Mistake

As I collect writing examples for future posts and compose a response to a couple great recent comments from readers, I’ll share the story of the worst mistake I’ve ever made. This was a few years into my career, when I was associate editor at a business magazine in the Midwest. I had been on … Continue reading