Thursday, December 21, 2006

Email: What's a deck? [EKW]

Wikipedia says it's a secondary headline or subhead. I usually consider a deck to be a blurb, teaser, or mini-abstract, something like this:

[Headline]Presidential Timber: Bush Vows Tree Harvest to Loggers

[Deck]Just when George Bush should be acting like a lame-duck
president, he mowed down the grass-roots, Greens, and
environmental lobbies at a Tuesday press conference that
was pro-logging and then some. Blogs are ablaze about it!

[Dateline]COON'S BAY, OREGON--[Article begins]

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Typos: taught (taut) muscles

(EE Times) "The report stated, 'Some changes in muscle tension were quite dramatic[.] While this was happening, the participants['] faces also tensed visibly, with the teeth clenched together and the muscles around the mouth becoming taught.'"

Typos: bets wishes (best wishes)

(in a work e-mail) "bets wishes for the new year" [Nice customers hope you win the lottery!]

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Email: Prolife leader [CM]

Mary Ann Kuharski lives in Minneapolis and writes pro-lif-ically.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Email: Pivot software, PC version

(COPYEDITING-L) Have you checked the mfr's Web site for a Mac driver? (Often [vendors] only send out PC versions now, or the vendor assumes you only have a PC, or you tell them you have a Mac and order a Mac version but they send you a PC version anyway.)

[Mfr means manufacturer not m-----f----r.]

Press: Chick lit gives birth to mom lit - HC

(Houston Chronicle) "Stacy Creamer, the editor of the The Devil Wears Prada, a chick-lit milestone, and of the forthcoming Momzillas, said that based on submissions she receives, there's 'a huge rise in the amount of books by stay-at-home moms writing fiction and nonfiction about that experience.'

Women have always written about motherhood, of course. Toni Morrison's Beloved, Sue Miller's The Good Mother and Mary McCarthy's The Group are a few classic examples. But many of the books described as mom lit seem indebted to the themes and tone of chick lit."