Posted by: episystechpubs | December 27, 2012

Editor’s Corner: The best, the worst, and the most popular of 2012

As we approach the end of the year, lists of the best and the worst of 2012 abound.

From dailywritingtips.com, here are the words of the year according to several of the major dictionary companies (edited for brevity).

· Merriam-Webster’s 2012 Word of the Year is a toss-up between capitalism and socialism, reflecting the controversy and debates about universal health care and discussion about the comparative government systems in the United States and in much of Europe.

The definitions according to M-W:

o capitalism: an economic system characterized by private or corporation ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision rather than by state control, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly in a free market

o socialism: any of various theories or social and political movements advocating or aiming at collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and control of the distribution of goods

· Dictionary.com’s choice is bluster, which means “loud, swaggering, often empty boasts, threats, or other comments”—an appropriate term, considering the unusually contentious political climate in the United States over the last year.

· The selection by editors at Oxford University Press’s UK headquarters is omnishambles, which denotes a thoroughly mismanaged situation notable for a chain of errors.

And from www.theatlanticwire.com, we have an excerpt on typos and typo corrections. I thought this one was particularly amusing:

A couple of corrections from the New York Times this year were particularly special, not due to typos but for the unique and beautiful quality of the corrections themselves. Take this one from back in January of 2012:

An earlier version of this article incorrectly described imagery from The Shining. The gentleman seen with the weird guy in the bear suit is wearing a tuxedo, but not a top hat.

For more of these, here is the link: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2012/12/best-typos-mistakes-corrections-2012/59828/

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