On change, writing apps, overcoming creative block, pet peeves, and more

“Change is constant. Change is inevitable.” This applies to language, writing, and journalism too, especially in this age of technology. Perhaps at one point — when we were being sticklers for “proper” usage — we have corrected someone’s misuse of hopefully, literally, or enormity. However, people’s use of these words has changed, and we understand what they mean nonetheless, which is the point of language. Technology has also evolved, and it is changing how we write, edit, check for facts and plagiarism, and think about business. Here, we list recent stories on these changes, along with some creativity tips and fun reads.

 

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Ban swearing? No way | CNN.com

Residents of a Massachusetts town voted 183-50 to fine those who swear in public places. John McWhorter calls the move “plain backward” and writes, “Let’s face it: In 2012, an ordinance against public profanity is like fining people for burping.” What’s your take? h/t Copyediting.com

Ban swearing? No way – CNN.com.