I’ve been a bit absent from blogland this week because I have a deadline this Sunday. I have to edit a 400-page book in 10 days on top of my regular routine of taking care of two kids and doing 5000 loads of laundry every week. Because I haven’t done much copyediting this past year, I don’t have the Chicago Manual of Style memorized, so I’ve been looking up a lot of that picky little stuff that drives most people insane. Here are some examples of questions I’ve had, some I’ve looked up and some I haven’t yet. Take the quiz and put your answers in comments (if you dare)!
1. Late 80s or late-80s?
2. Can you be cognizant that or only cognizant of?
3. Is “its” capitalized in a title?
4. “the government practiced what it did best: resort to underhandedness.” (resort or resorted?)
5. Nonstrategic or non-strategic?
6. I love Professor John Jones or I love professor John Jones?
7. Is double punctuation ever okay? When? (I don’t mean “)
8. Can you use and/or in a series? e.g., “I love bananas, pears, and/or cherries.” That’s a bad example.
9. Germany, France and England’s citizens, or Germany’s, France’s, and England’s citizens?
10. “If corruption or violation of laws reach …” or “If corruption or violation of laws reaches …”?
11. When does a comma go inside of the quotation marks and not outside? (and I don’t mean in England)
12. Longer-term goals or longer term goals?
13. Startup or start-up? (many of these are found on Dictionary.com, so not really editing questions)
14. Sugar processing plants or sugar-processing plants?