Welcome to Elevenses, a monthly round-up of my favorite articles and resources related to language, writing, editing, and freelancing.
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This is a wonderfully curated list of recommended dictionaries, style guides, and other books about language and usage. I look forward to adding many of these books to my own shelves in the coming year.
I second-guess myself on title capitalization at least once a week. (Thanks, anxiety and perfectionism.) This website is a nice way to confirm the rules and exceptions before hitting "publish" on a blog post.
My best friend served lasagna for dinner a few weeks ago. As he was sending me pictures of his culinary accomplishment, I was overwhelmed by curiosity. I was pretty sure I had seen some people spell the dish "lasagne," but I grew up spelling it "lasagna." The Internet came to my rescue with this explanation.
Jonathan Owen describes this as "a snarky flowchart," and that is precisely why it love it. Of course, it's also educational and is followed up by really useful guidelines, but that's all just a bonus. Thanks for the delightful work, Mr. Owen.
A recent tweet by @HoeflerCo brought this wonderful site to my attention. It's a collection of pangrams, which Wikipedia defines as "a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once," otherwise known as a holoalphabetic sentence. I would love to see these incorporated in a daily calendar or as calligraphed greeting cards or something.