* Wishing everyone a very blessed 2015*
Hello! I’m Annie Smit, trading as Ascension Editing. This site offers writing tips for those interested in current Australian standard editing practice (as well as some UK and US preferences on English grammar and style), while the additional pages offer information about my company.
‘All living languages exist in a state of tension between growth and decay. Languages change because playfulness and the desire to impress are universal human traits; they grow in response to technological innovation, cultural contact and social developments. Working against these impulses to the new are the forces of stability: inertia, the fear of being misunderstood, and the fixative effect of writing.’
‘Spelling is not important in itself, but it is a social marker enabling those who can spell to look down on those who can’t.’
‘Remember that literacy is an accident of birth and does not confer superior wisdom or virtue.’
– The Editor’s Companion by Janet Mackenzie.