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September 17 is Constitution Day!
I’ve written and edited quite a lot of linguistics writing for popular audiences at this point. There’s my blog, there’s writing and editing for Lexicon Valley, and there’s writing for other places (The Toast, Grammar Girl, plus an upcoming issue of Schwa Fire). And I’ve learned some things by doing so that I’d like to share with other people who are interested in writing pop linguistics. Many of these tips do apply to explainer-type articles in other areas, but I’m going to frame them all in terms of linguistics.
Thanks to all the people who have edited my writing and whose writing I have edited, and if you’re someone I’ve edited already and you think you see yourself in any of this advice, rest assured that every “don’t” I mention has been done by several people, often including past!me.