Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

It’s Yours or Is It?

Perhaps no punctuation mark has many uses and therefore potential for misuse and abuse as the punctuation mark – as these ill-punctuated signs demonstrate.   As Lynne Truss explains in her delightful defense of proper punctuation, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, the apostrophe first made its appearance in the English language in the 16th century. Its […]

What’s the Profit in Nonprofit?

I didn’t intend to spend the bulk of my career in the nonprofit world. It might have been inevitable given that I attended Christian schools from Kindergarten through college and the options available to women when I was choosing a major were teacher, clerical, or nurse. I couldn’t stand the sight of blood and I […]

Word of the Week – niggle

Niggle is an onomatopoetic word—one of several in the English language that sound like their meaning. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the original British meaning of niggle referred to small, cramped handwriting. I suppose trying to read such writing could be niggling. Niggling is a persistent annoyance, something eating away at you bit by […]

You Might Need an Editor If…

Do you know the difference between alter and altar? This writer (or her copyeditor) either didn't or hadn't had enough caffeine to have all his/her senses fully engaged, or this wouldn't have made it into print: Just as agreements can go sideways between a marriage proposal and the alter, escrows can fall apart after an […]

Word of the Week – savory

One of the email subscription services I signed up for at some point is a daily recipe. Like many of these services, which seemed like a good idea at the time, I delete most of them without opening. If the title of the recipe does not intrigue me in some way i.e. a new or […]