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TEC Attends Word on the Street Toronto, 2010

Event

Another very busy and successful Word On The Street (WOTS) came and went in Toronto this past weekend on Sunday, September 26, 2010.  The festival celebrating literacy and the written word is held yearly in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Toronto, Kitchener, and Halifax on the last Sunday in September. Toronto’s event included several stages and hundreds of vendors in the marketplace, and staff from TEC were there as well! Beth worked...

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I Teach, Therefore I Edit

Editing / Usage

In my life outside of TEC, I also work as a sessional English instructor, meaning I am hired on a sessional (or semester by semester) basis to teach courses for which full-time (usually tenured) staff is not available. I’ve done this for a number of years and it’s a good way to add variety to my working life.   I have taught upper- and lower-level genre courses at a well-established...

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What’s Up at TEC!

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Autumn is almost upon us and, as the seasons change, it’s always nice to reflect on what we’ve done and look ahead to the future.   Camile Isaacs, our Assistant Manager and the newest member of TEC, has written two great blog entries for us – one on the art of proofreading as problem-solving, and another on the wonders of language through her experiences in raising her two-year-old son. We...

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Canadian Versus American English: Surprising Differences

Editing / Usage

As an editor who works primarily for the Canadian market, I am amazed at all the subtle differences that separate Canadian and American English, and how difficult it can be to keep track of them. Even the work of seasoned Canadian authors often contains inconsistent spellings of certain words. In fact, some Canadian readers may be unaware of all the differences between American and Canadian English.   First off,...

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Debatable Grammar: Impact as a Verb

Editing / Grammar

In last week’s blog, Camille mentioned her disdain for the use of the word “impact” as a verb. You’re definitely not in a one-person battle, Camille. I, and surely many others, wholeheartedly agree.   I had an experience with this word several years ago while I was watching the Academy Awards ceremony. A young starlet approached the microphone to present the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. She...

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