Friday, June 24, 2011

Bibliogaph* (for Bibliograph*)

Proofreading is important for all textual material, but perhaps most crucial when it comes to citational matters like footnotes, indexes, and bibliographies. These are not places you want to make gaffes. You can brush up on your grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and other stylistic skills with the book Mind the Gaffe! A Troubleshooter's Guide to English Style and Usage by the late British professor of linguistics, R. L. Trask. Variant titles and subtitles for editions of this work include Say What You Mean! and The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English. These errors include such egregiously misused terms, according to Trask, as: empowerment, feminism, hermeneutics, prior to, aforementioned, communicate, feedback, input, and synergy. There were 16 cases of Bibliogaph* in OhioLINK and 161 in WorldCat. Look for this bibliographical gaffe in your own library's catalog today.

(Cover of Mind the Gaffe! from

Carol Reid

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