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Interested in the English language?[edit]

I believe it is fairly safe to presume (or should it be "assume"?) that the members of this project would answer the above question positively, so I'm taking the liberty of announcing here that an initiative to start a WikiProject about English has been launched at Draft:WikiProject English. You're cordially invited to join in the fun and adventure of creating something new. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 10:36, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

Members of this project...[edit]

...might be interested in this discussion. BMK (talk) 07:18, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Copy editing the name of this project?[edit]

This is a rather nonsensical bit on my part, but I find it odd that the title of this page is "WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors". Is the "WikiProject" really necessary? It seems redundant given that "Guild" already handles the meaning that "WikiProject" provides for other projects. Anyway, there is no requirement that WikiProjects have "WikiProject" in their names. It would look much nicer if it was merely "Guild of Copy Editors". RGloucester 18:01, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

This is the reason for the name, as far as I know. – Jonesey95 (talk) 18:12, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Commonly misused expressions[edit]

Business Insider has published a list of commonly misused expressions. A WWW search for words incorrectly used finds many other lists.
Wavelength (talk) 02:09, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Fascinating! I've only ever seen three of those: "would of", "try and" and "I could care less". I disagree about "try and" -- it's idiomatic in speech (but unacceptable in writing). I thought "I could care less" was the American way of saying it; interesting to learn that isn't. Has anyone come across any of the others? --Stfg (talk) 10:31, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Wavelength; I'm far more accepting of errors in speech than of those in writing; speech is usually more informal and ephemeral. The context also matters a lot, and 'm far more forgiving of someone whose first language isn't English. "Nip it in the butt" gave me a giggle. I've never heard that one. Do serious, sober, native English-speakers really say that? Cheers, Baffle gab1978 (talk) 13:44, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
"Hone in on" is quite common (and dead wrong), at least in American speech. "On accident" is idiomatic; I've never seen it in writing, but I've heard it all of my life in spoken conversation (it's not something an "educated" person would say, but it is common). And "I could care less" is very common (and, if I may have a judgmental moment, indicative of people who do not think about what they are saying, since it is the exact opposite of what is meant). Some of the others seem like straw men meant only to make the article's reader feel superior; I can't recall seeing them in serious written communication. – Jonesey95 (talk) 14:49, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

GOCE at Wikimania 2014 in London[edit]

Guild of Copyeditors qr code

Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Bridges#Leaflet_for_Wikiproject_Bridges_at_Wikimania_2014 explains about leaflets for WikiProjects at Wikimania 2014. We are way to late to have a flyer made for us by this project, but perhaps some clever/artistic GOCE member could create one for me to use at Wikimania 2014. We need to recruit more copyeditors, and this is a real chance to do it.--DThomsen8 (talk) 01:01, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

That's a really good idea, @Dthomsen8:. Anyone up for this? What are the deadline and the project brief? TechSpec? Cheers, Baffle gab1978 (talk) 01:28, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
prefer August 6, start of the hackathon. See the other leaflets at the link above, and do likewise. Quick is better than fancy. GOCE has logos. Say contact USER talk:DTHOMSEN8 on en.Wikipedia. Maybe by August 7 I will be able to set a meetup, maybe for dinner.--DThomsen8 (talk) 01:46, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
@Dthomsen8: I can whip something up in Illustrator/Photoshop pretty quickly. What format do you want this in? SVG? PNG? PDF?  Philg88 talk 09:15, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
And to be going on with here is a shiny new QR code, which links to the project page.  Philg88 talk 09:28, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
@Dthomsen8, I've made a flyer and emailed a link to you. If you have problems downloading it (the first e-mail has a bad link), let me know and I'll post it here. Cheers, Baffle gab1978 (talk) 17:51, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
/Beautiful flyer, wonderful text, but it should have my name as contact for anyone at Wikimania 2014.--DThomsen8 (talk) 18:45, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
OK I'll do that tonight; also I'll put the shortened url on there. Cheers, Baffle gab1978 (talk) 23:13, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Copy editing question at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Animals[edit]

There's a question over at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Animals#Definite article or not which could use some input by the experts at the GoCE. Thanks, SchreiberBike talk 21:44, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the ping; I've replied there. All the best, Miniapolis 22:53, 15 August 2014 (UTC)