Thursday, April 24, 2008

Editor Geekery 2

Historic vs. Historical

I ran across this tidbit at a party (yes, we editors do go to parties). A book editor friend of mine was excited to tell me about her latest discovery.

From Merriam-Webster:

"Historical: adj. 1 a : of, relating to, or having the character of history historical data> b : based on history historical novels> c : used in the past and reproduced in historical presentations.

Historic: adj. a : famous or important in history historic battlefields> b : having great and lasting importance historic occasion>."

That is all to say, that anything in the past is historical, but only important or famous historical events are historic.

For example:

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was an historic event.

The Historical Society of Seattle preserves information about the history of Seattle (historic or not) in its archives.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Editor Geekery

As most of you know, I work as a technical editor at a big company here in the great Northwest. So I spend most of my days arguing minute points of grammar and the like. Now, I've decided to share my favorite finding with you all. I'll call the posts, "Editor Geekery," and I hope you all enjoy (but don't edit) them! ;-)

Below vs. Under

Under and Below can be used interchangeably, for the most part.

Now that, that is said. Under is more specific than below, indicating a vertical relationship between objects. While below references anything that is at a lower place, but does not require that it be lined up.

There are, of course, many little rules that allow for the two to be reversed, but as a whole this is the way it is for most of their usages.

Under is the antonym of over. Below is the antonym of above.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Submission Status Feb/March

Originally uploaded by Nicole.Kelly
2/19 Sniff (fiction)--Abyss & Apex

2/22 Nomad (poetry)--Strange Horizons

2/22 La Busqueda (poetry)--Strange Horizons

3/31 A Tale of Two Heads: The Wenton Family Retrospective(fiction)--Writers of the Future


All are still pending