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Hi Malcolm - Todd Cohen mentioned your web site yesterday, asking if I had seen it. I hadn't and spent a few minutes this a.m. "having a look." I'm impressed and I hadn't found a thesaurus or version of Barlett's on the web until I saw your references! I think I am still in the habit of using a book rather than attempting to find what I need on the web (perhaps typical of those born during WW2). Just a note to say it looks good. - mj mary jane dunlap from 129.237.203.13 10:26:24 99/07/15
What a terrific web site! I found it while tracking down spelling hints to help my daughter prepare for the state spelling contest at the Oregon State Fair. We'll use your lists, if you don't mind. As a teacher myself, I'm amazed and impressed with your organization. I'm sure your students will get a lot of practical skills out of your course. Greetings from Oregon and have a good year! jbowler jbowler from 159.121.170.194 23:53:01 99/08/14
Hi Malcolm! Great home page - most impressive! Just wanted to say "howdy" from Texas A&M... Kristie kas1532@acs.tamu.edu Kristie Alley Swain from 165.91.67.130 13:29:49 99/08/19
This is a great site. I was trying to find a few good sites with spelling lists for my 6th grade son. I homeschool and he needs the challenge. Your lists will work great for him. I also loved all the short,concise list of rules. Thanks again homeschool mom in N.C. from 206.133.82.177 13:32:13 99/09/03
I am a former journalist and present public relations officer and instructor of PR at a community college. This is a WONDERFUL site and discovery! Thank you!!! Carma Corra from 137.90.64.112 17:58:02 99/10/27
Found a link to your site in your message on the ACES discussion board. Can't help you with your study of universal copy desks, but I can say I love your page, have bookmarked it and will recommend it to those in even greater need than me. Nice going, Professor. Wayne Countryman from 152.163.204.196 00:55:52 99/11/06
I,CliffRke@aol.com, ran across your site while looking on 11/14/99 for the AP Stylebook on line. I plan to return often and in depth, and to send many others. (I've already begun *that* process. In the summer of 1971, I left the copy desk of a daily newspaper to go to law school, thinking that I'd perhaps use my legal education as a working journalist. As so often happens, I never returned--soon, I'll begin my 14th year as a trial judge. There are those who cannot understand what a great joy editing is. Obviously, you do. thanks for the site. Cliff Weckstein from 152.163.213.63 15:32:56 99/11/14
Professor Gibson: Thank you for help you do not know you have provided. I am designing an editing course for our brand, spankin' new print journalism program at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and your site has been helpful. It makes me excited to teach editing; I would love to take this class. I worked at a daily newspaper for 13 years before I began teaching. Thanks much; I might be calling with questions. Catherine McMullen from 209.180.58.67 08:57:27 100/01/08
My son won the first round of his 6th grade Spelling Bee, today. I 'Asked Jeeves' for spelling lists, and your site was suggested. I enjoyed exploring it so much, that I almost forgot about the lists! Your site is fun and very easy to use. I love the humor and the layout. The animation is great,too. Thanks for the suggested links...better than any search engine I've found! I'mn sure we'll spend hours exploring those, too. Thank you! C. Murphy fivemurphs@dellnet.com C. Murphy from 63.21.203.55 20:57:06 100/01/11
Re: Wierd but True Have you ever read "News of the Wierd", by Roland Sweet, former editor of the Syracuse New Times? C. Murphy fivemurphs@dellnet,com C. Murphy from 63.21.203.55 21:06:29 100/01/11
It all started when I began tutoring a 6 year old girl in reading. My husband and I then began having discussions about the English language, in general (always dangerous). Then came the "who v. whom" question. Although I am still parsing your Who/Whom page to grok all the rules (it's been 20 years since we've had to even think about such things), we found the entire website very entertaining. I will be keeping an eye on the Word of the Day! I'm ready to sign up for your class! Thank you, Nancy Hannaford UNIX Software Engineer hanna@dnai.com Nancy Hannaford from 158.140.3.201 12:41:03 100/01/30
Hello Prof. Gibson. This is Marti Butt. I took your class a year or so ago. Love the website. I have bookmarked some of the links on the site for my use here at the bank. I am in Kansas City working for Gold Bank. I just thought I would drop you a line to say hello. My e-mail is MartiButt@goldbank-us.com. Marti Marti Butt from 208.165.143.158 12:11:47 100/02/23
hi, this is Raelene. it is semester break for me in Australia, I have to do a textual analysis on The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and need to discuss narrative construction, wondering where to start and exactly what this is, I cannot call my tutor as I have no number, please tell me what a textual analysis of narrative construction is! My email is r.gill@student.murdoch.edu.au thank you so much. raelene from 134.115.68.21 03:52:10 100/03/24
I came here looking for the story behind a line in the "Hawker's Index" on page 40 of the JJ ("Fugitives from the law among J-School faculty: 1"). I was disappointed to find no mention of your run-in with the law. Luckily, I will be one of only a few who experience this disappointment, because I did more work to divine the correct address for your website than most will. The JJ staff printed "http://eagle.cc.ukans.edu/1%7Eeditone/bio.html". Inquiring minds... Ryan McGee Magazine grad., '96 rmcgee@nai.com Ryan McGee from 216.254.17.25 18:39:54 100/04/07
I came here looking for the story behind a line in the "Hawker's Index" on page 40 of the JJ ("Fugitives from the law among J-School faculty: 1"). I was disappointed to find no mention of your run-in with the law. Luckily, I will be one of only a few who experience this disappointment, because I did more work to divine the correct address for your website than most will. The JJ staff printed "http://eagle.cc.ukans.edu/1%7Eeditone/bio.html". Inquiring minds... Ryan McGee Magazine grad., '96 rmcgee@nai.com Ryan McGee from 216.254.17.25 18:40:08 100/04/07
I enjoyed your page. Keep up the good work! Laurie Kilbourn from 141.242.128.212 16:57:58 100/05/04
great sight. Vicky Cason from 199.174.131.159 11:20:43 100/05/29
from 216.34.42.116 01:47:20 100/06/11
Looks like an interesting site, but I've yet to explore ic completely. I found this site while searching for copy editing symbols; it was the first item listed! I haven't checked out your links yet, but if you don't have these yet, you should add them: www-math.uni-paderborn.de/dictionaries/Dictionaries.html (Not just dictionaries, but much, much more.) www.copyeditor.com/Links.html (The URL says it all!) I'm a former journalist and former journalism teacher, now gainfully employed as a technical writer in Indianapolis. Ron Hatcher from 40.0.40.2 13:29:47 100/06/20
I'm a "townie", '68 KU graduate, mom, and free to surf the net. Your website is a gem. I just may pay our high school daughter $10 to read, and hopefully retain, all of the information you have provided. (Thanks for sharing your wisdom. P.S....I can only afford $10 though your info is worth much more. These incentive fees are costly. My pet peeve is the use of the word "looking".....everyone is "looking to striking it rich" ....headline writers are looking to create a pun"..... is this proper usage? I suppose I have many glaring errors in the above message but would like your thoughts on the usage of "looking to" My email address is: alison@precastconcrete.com alison from 24.124.48.118 12:29:14 100/08/25
It is very late at night and I am extremely tired, but I had to take time to thank you. I was sending a post to a list to which I belong (it originates at KU; the Kansas-L list moderated by Lynn Nelson, retired KU history professor) and was unsure of my usage pertaining to "who" v "whom." When I did a search for help, using "Profusion," I was directed to your website. I am too exhausted to spend much time here tonight, but I have looked around enough to know that I will be back. It is properly bookmarked under "writing help." Thank you very much for this most helpful resource. Jim Banister 4615 North 123rd Terrace Kansas City, KS 66109-3114 Phone: 913-721-1024 Facsimile: 913-721-1030 E-mail: retsinab@toto.net Jim Banister from 206.52.27.100 23:40:49 100/08/29
It is very late at night and I am extremely tired, but I had to take time to thank you. I was sending a post to a list to which I belong (it originates at KU; the Kansas-L list moderated by Lynn Nelson, retired KU history professor) and was unsure of my usage pertaining to "who" v "whom." When I did a search for help, using "Profusion," I was directed to your website. I am too exhausted to spend much time here tonight, but I have looked around enough to know that I will be back. It is properly bookmarked under "writing help." Thank you very much for this most helpful resource. Jim Banister 4615 North 123rd Terrace Kansas City, KS 66109-3114 Phone: 913-721-1024 Facsimile: 913-721-1030 E-mail: retsinab@toto.net Jim Banister from 206.52.27.100 23:41:09 100/08/29
It is very late at night and I am extremely tired, but I had to take time to thank you. I was sending a post to a list to which I belong (it originates at KU; the Kansas-L list moderated by Lynn Nelson, retired KU history professor) and was unsure of my usage pertaining to "who" v "whom." When I did a search for help, using "Profusion," I was directed to your website. I am too exhausted to spend much time here tonight, but I have looked around enough to know that I will be back. It is properly bookmarked under "writing help." Thank you very much for this most helpful resource. Jim Banister 4615 North 123rd Terrace Kansas City, KS 66109-3114 Phone: 913-721-1024 Facsimile: 913-721-1030 E-mail: retsinab@toto.net Jim Banister from 206.52.27.100 23:43:37 100/08/29
Your explanation of when to use who and whom is wonderful. For years I have worried about which was correct--I've even recast whole sentences because I couldn't figure out the correct form. Cathy McMullen, an assistant professor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, directed me to your site. She is a former reporter for the Fargo Forum who is now teaching news writing and copy editing. Do you know of any graduate level journalism schools that allow one to study throught the internet? Sandra arnaudew@prodigy.net Sandra Arnau-Dewar from 63.253.206.71 13:35:05 100/09/16
Your explanation of when to use who and whom is wonderful. For years I have worried about which was correct--I've even recast whole sentences because I couldn't figure out the correct form. Cathy McMullen, an assistant professor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, directed me to your site. She is a former reporter for the Fargo Forum who is now teaching news writing and copy editing. Do you know of any graduate level journalism schools that allow one to study throught the internet? Sandra arnaudew@prodigy.net Sandra Arnau-Dewar from 63.253.206.71 13:35:26 100/09/16
Hi, I am a natural born writer who has finally decided to heed that calling by writing screenplays. My largest hurdle is a lack of conciseness in my writing. Definitely more novel like than script. This infiltrates all my writing ('A' term papers albethem 20 pages long [a busy teacher's delight!]) I was directed to try the word 'conciseness' in a Ms. DeVore's search engine in hopes to find 'exercises' or related readings on how to curb my exposition. That is how I came upon your page. My stories are good, and visual, but my 'writing jags' leave me with tons of stuff to wade through. Any tips on how I can learn to do the editing before hand without trashing the creative 'flow'??? Thanks for the time Diane Zarn dlz5719@msn.com Diane Zarn from 199.183.173.80 21:57:39 100/09/16
I've had great fun looking through your page. You've done a great job of making editing fun -- at least for some. I'm sure I'll be consulting it frequently as I prepare to teach this class again. Thanks. Bonnie bshort from 24.124.60.43 13:55:50 100/11/17
Professor Gibson, Do you know why the street sign for the street that runs behind Stauffer-Flint spells Wescoe "Wesco?" This bothers me every time I walk by it. Stephanie Wood stephku@hotmail.com stephanie wood from 24.124.61.207 18:40:54 100/11/21
I have had occasion to search the web for help with the english language (for my college papers). Several times I have hit your web page. I love the way you explain concepts. Just today I was looking up Affect/Effect. I have trouble with that one. Your explanation made me feel like I was not the only one out there having difficulty with these words. Also, the way you make personal comments really adds to the explination. Makes it more relaxing... less scary... and humorous. :) Thanks for the site. I have now bookmarked it for future use... my web searching days may be over. :) Marion from 63.227.95.112 19:30:28 100/12/07
Dear Professor G.: Bravo on an excellent website! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Shamika L. Samuels and I live in New York City. I will be starting a job as an editorial assistant for a publisher the latter part of next month and I am a Communications major at Fordham University's College of Liberal Studies, with a concentration in journalism. My studies are done in the evening, as the College of Liberal Studies is for working adults, but I'll be working full-time as I have been doing in the five years since I graduated high school. Anyways, I found your site to be quite helpful and just wanted to thank you for all the valuable information and insight you have provided. Yours truly, Shamika L. Samuels Shamika L. Samuels from 64.12.102.183 12:32:20 100/12/24
Dear Professor G.: Bravo on an excellent website! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Shamika L. Samuels and I live in New York City. I will be starting a job as an editorial assistant for a publisher the latter part of next month and I am a Communications major at Fordham University's College of Liberal Studies, with a concentration in journalism. My studies are done in the evening, as the College of Liberal Studies is for working adults, but I'll be working full-time as I have been doing in the five years since I graduated high school. Anyways, I found your site to be quite helpful and just wanted to thank you for all the valuable information and insight you have provided. Yours truly, Shamika L. Samuels Shamika L. Samuels from 64.12.102.183 12:32:28 100/12/24
I'm a student at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and plan to share this site and its information with my fellow staffers. It is extremely helpful. Thanks. Wish I could take your class!! Karen (email: sin34143@delta.obu.edu) Karen Sines from 208.24.232.22 23:29:42 101/01/03
Hi, Professor Gibson. I am not sure if you remember me, but I was in your Editing I Spring 2000. You were an inspirational teacher. Your willingness to help students and your saying "I love my job" still rings in my head. Thank you for your enthusiastic attitude towards work and life. You are a wonderful teacher, keep up the good job. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. Jennifer Lundgren from 208.18.119.71 09:45:03 101/01/08
Gail from 134.134.248.26 11:30:49 101/01/18
Hello. I like your website. I'm enrolled in an online English class at a Community College in Virginia. One of my assignments was to find a website with more information about the use of "who", "whom", "whoever", and "whomever". I found several, but I liked yours the best. I have to post a link to your site for several of the other students to visit... I hope you don't mind. I liked your explanation stating that "every verb with a tense must have a subject." That helps clear up some of those complicated sentences. Thank you. Heidi Heidi Hartley from 64.20.28.50 20:40:42 101/02/06
Hello. I like your website. I'm enrolled in an online English class at a Community College in Virginia. One of my assignments was to find a website with more information about the use of "who", "whom", "whoever", and "whomever". I found several, but I liked yours the best. I have to post a link to your site for several of the other students to visit... I hope you don't mind. I liked your explanation stating that "every verb with a tense must have a subject." That helps clear up some of those complicated sentences. Thank you. Heidi Heidi Hartley from 64.20.28.50 20:41:12 101/02/06
Once again, I wandered around and wondered, had lots of fun and learned a thing or two. I have a question. Someone told me about an essay, written by a famous writer (Thurber or that pal of naughty D.Parker of 'round table' fame)concerning the use of that & which. Do you have any ideas about who wrote it or where I might find this essay? Thanks for any help and for the great site, Lisa Lisa Didier from 64.12.102.181 09:04:03 101/02/26
Great writers resource. Being a writer myself, I will highly recommend your site. Thank you for a great experience. Good work. BRAVO! Jonathan Dune Jonathan Dune from 208.50.80.71 19:38:35 101/03/20
Hi There, Wow! What a great site, thank you for providing such a wonderful resource for writers online. Judy http://www.creativepurrsuits.com/reststopnews/index.html Judy from 204.244.142.196 10:37:08 101/03/24
I did a Google search (great search engine!) for "Writing good headlines" and your site was the second or third listed. As a "novice" newsdesk page designer (moving from Lifestyles, where anything goes...) I need to hone my headline writing skills. Your site is GREAT! How would I dign up for classes? Thanks, Leslie Leslie Hall from 168.100.193.3 18:22:03 101/05/01
This is good. It's good because I, an old curmudgeon wordsmith, now work among Webheads whose Webster (if they even have one) is gathering cobWebs. They consider their digital medium to be exempt from all but the most basic of copywriting rules. If Al Gore gave birth to the Internet, no doubt Dan Quayle baptized it with substandard 10W30. Anyway, charging ahead to the point of this missive, I have bookmarked your site and intend to use it to settle copy issues with the techies. It will get their attention and respect--not because of its correctness, alas; but because it resides in cyberspace, in a format that is familiar and therefore trustworthy. For my older colleagues I still have my well-worn books on the shelf. Rock on, dudes! Phil Schick from 207.89.152.143 15:21:50 101/05/04
This is good. It's good because I, an old curmudgeon wordsmith, now work among Webheads whose Webster (if they even have one) is gathering cobWebs. They consider their digital medium to be exempt from all but the most basic of copywriting rules. If Al Gore gave birth to the Internet, no doubt Dan Quayle baptized it with substandard 10W30. Anyway, charging ahead to the point of this missive, I have bookmarked your site and intend to use it to settle copy issues with the techies. It will get their attention and respect--not because of its correctness, alas; but because it resides in cyberspace, in a format that is familiar and therefore trustworthy. For my older colleagues I still have my well-worn books on the shelf. Rock on, dudes! Phil Schick from 207.89.152.143 15:22:06 101/05/04