December 2017

Tips and Tricks: Search All Your Open Browser Tabs or Bookmarked Pages

You’ll thank me for this one! As we know, editing can involve checking a lot of facts, and the number of open tabs on my browser window can quickly spiral out of control. Then it can be hard to remember which of the open pages had a particular piece of information or topic. If only you could search all your open tabs at once rather than searching each in turn.

It turns out you can – and have been able to for a while, but I’ve only just discovered this Chrome extension called Search Plus.



New Members

We are pleased to welcome the members who have joined or ungraded since our last report.

Annie Hall

Kellie Flanagan
Claire Stuart
Ann Dillon
Sharmila Sundar
Deborah Zander

Nicole Mathers
IPEd Membership Officer 

World Wide Web

This month, I’ve found a couple of useful links from our sister societies in Canada and the UK.

Canadian editor Ellie Barton has reviewed a new University of Chicago Press publication, What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing on the Editors Canada blog. If you’re a member of any of the international editors' Facebook groups, you’ll recognise some of the article authors. See if the book might be for you at

If you’re interested in attending international editors conferences, that of the UK Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) is probably high on your list. Here is a very thorough compilation of blog posts and reports on the 2017 conference, which was held in September. From a quick glance through (there are plenty of posts to read), the main response seems to be: it’s okay. Even if you’re a conference newbie, a first-time speaker, introverted, flying in from overseas, giving a talk, simply listening, or worried you don’t have the right clothes for a gala dinner, going to an editing conference is amazingly fun, educational and inspiring.

Etymology: Novel

deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.

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As an adjective, novel means ‘new’ or ‘unusual’, but as a noun, it’s a ‘fictitious prose narrative of considerable length’, to quote the Macquarie Dictionary. Do these two meanings, both of which date back to the 16th century, have the same origin?


Typo of the Month

A bakery in Fairfield gets a bit cofveve.