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Jeremy Butterfield

Jeremy Butterfield - Editor

Stirling, United Kingdom

A non-fiction copy editor, published author, and expert on English grammar, raring to help you unlock your full writing potential.

Overview

Using my unique skill set, I work with nonfiction writers to express your meaning in the clearest, most reader-friendly way.

My passion is empowering you to 'say' exactly what you mean. Your writing will be easy to understand, consistent, engaging and logically structured.

I’ll give it the right tone of voice for your readers -- and for you. And it will be perfect grammatically and stylistically.

My work ranges from substantive rewrites to copy-editing in depth to simple grammar- and fact-checking.

And if you’re struggling to put your thoughts on paper, I can help you turn your raw ideas into words that flow.

I specialise in biography, history, business/management, and languages, but my wide-ranging professional experience, combined with my interests, means I tackle many other non-technical topics.

If you are not a mother tongue English speaker, I can help make your English sound absolutely natural and authentic, thanks to my knowledge of several European languages (Spanish, Italian, French, German).

The former Editor-in-Chief of Collins Dictionaries and an Oxford University Press author in my own right, you could say I'm a language buff. I'm the editor of a book widely regarded as the bible of correct style - Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage.

Recent clients include Routledge, Hodder (Teach Yourself), Charlesworth, and HarperCollins.

My latest clients said 'We couldn’t have been luckier to have happened upon Jeremy, who was wonderful to work with. What’s more, the comments he added into the text made us feel that we were being guided by a living embodiment of Fowler's.'

My HarperCollins client said: 'Jeremy brought a much-needed clarity and lightness of touch...He was, as usual, incisive, efficient, and a pleasure to work with.'

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Education & Reference ELT History Politics & Current Affairs Publishing Social & Behavioral Sciences

Certifications

  • BA, MA Oxford
  • Institute of Linguists DipTrans (Spanish), post-grad degree equivalent.

Work experience

Self-employed copy editor, writer, and blogger

Self-employed
April, 2006 – Present (over 11 years)

Since working for myself, I've added thousands of hours to the copy-editing experience gained in my HarperCollins publishing career. Apart from copy-editing, I've done some successful copywriting for a major brand. When not copy-editing or writing, I blog on language-related issues. I was delighted to be invited by Oxford to write a book - Damp Squid - and to be appointed the editor of Fowler's Modern English Usage.

Editor-in-Chief

HarperCollins (Collins Dictionaries)
March, 2004 – May, 2006 (about 2 years)

Responsible for the quality of the whole range of Collins dictionaries, as well as being the talking head for PR campaigns, including multiple radio and TV appearances and conference presentations.

Editorial Director

HarperCollins (Collins Dictionaries)
April, 1998 – February, 2004 (almost 6 years)

Responsible for commissioning dictionaries and language reference titles, both monolingual (English) and bilingual (several languages). In charge of developing the unique Collins language database 'The Bank of English'.

Senior Lexicographer

HarperCollins (Collins Dictionaries)
February, 1994 – March, 1998 (about 4 years)

Responsible for commissioning, editing and quality checking various ranges of dictionaries and language references titles, as well as ensuring profitability and schedule targets were met.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Why literally shouldn't be taken literally.Why Americans think home in on something is a mistake and Brits think hone in is.Is it OK to spell OK okay?What's wrong with hence why?Was Alanis Morrisette ever ironic?Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage is the world-famous guide to English usage, loved and used by writers, editors, and anyone who values correct English since it first appeare... read more

Why literally shouldn't be taken literally.Why Americans think home in on something is a mistake and Brits think hone in is.Is it OK to spell OK okay?What's wrong with hence why?Was Alanis Morrisette ever ironic?Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage is the world-famous guide to English usage, loved and used by writers, editors, and anyone who values correct English since it first appeare... read more

Italy from Crisis to Crisis: Political Economy, Security, and Society in the 21st Century (Routledge Advances in European Politics)

Italy from Crisis to Crisis seeks to understand Italy’s approach to crises by studying the country in regional, international, and comparative context. Without assuming that the country is abnormal or unusually crisis-prone, the authors treat Italy as an example from which other countries might learn. The book integrates the analysis of domestic politics and foreign policy, including Italy’s a... read more

Italy from Crisis to Crisis seeks to understand Italy’s approach to crises by studying the country in regional, international, and comparative context. Without assuming that the country is abnormal or unusually crisis-prone, the authors treat Italy as an example from which other countries might learn. The book integrates the analysis of domestic politics and foreign policy, including Italy’s a... read more

From Midnight to Glorious Morning?: India Since Independence

Mihir Bose

Mihir Bose was born in January 1947. Eight months later, India became a modern, free nation. The country he knew growing up in the 1960s has undergone vast and radical change. India today exports food, sends space probes to Mars, and, all too often, Indian businesses rescue their ailing competitors in the West. In From Midnight to Glorious Morning?, Bose travels the length and breadth of India... read more

Mihir Bose was born in January 1947. Eight months later, India became a modern, free nation. The country he knew growing up in the 1960s has undergone vast and radical change. India today exports food, sends space probes to Mars, and, all too often, Indian businesses rescue their ailing competitors in the West. In From Midnight to Glorious Morning?, Bose travels the length and breadth of India... read more

Refuting ISIS

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

This second edition of the book comes after the heinous attacks that ISIS perpetrated in Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, France, the USA and Indonesia. These attacks, which must be condemned by Muslim scholars and preachers around the world, are another testimony that, by killing women, children, and civilians, ISIS betrayed Islam, betrayed the Holy Quran, and betrayed the teachings of Prophet Muhamma... read more

This second edition of the book comes after the heinous attacks that ISIS perpetrated in Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, France, the USA and Indonesia. These attacks, which must be condemned by Muslim scholars and preachers around the world, are another testimony that, by killing women, children, and civilians, ISIS betrayed Islam, betrayed the Holy Quran, and betrayed the teachings of Prophet Muhamma... read more

Food and Cooking Skills Education: Why teach people how to cook? (Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment)

Anita Tull

Food and Cooking Skills Education (FCSE) is a complex mix of policy and practicality, educational theory and pedagogy, classroom and government policy. This book shows how FCSE has been at the centre of a tussle between education and policy for decades. It reviews how FCSE has grappled with various significant issues of concern that threaten to marginalise it and pose problems for educational ... read more

Food and Cooking Skills Education (FCSE) is a complex mix of policy and practicality, educational theory and pedagogy, classroom and government policy. This book shows how FCSE has been at the centre of a tussle between education and policy for decades. It reviews how FCSE has grappled with various significant issues of concern that threaten to marginalise it and pose problems for educational ... read more

Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare

Jeremy Butterfield

When James Murray compiled the OED in the 19th century, he used a small army of volunteers--and thousands upon thousands of paper slips--to track down the English language. Today, linguists use massive computer power--including the world's largest language databank, the Oxford Corpus, which contains more than two billion words--to determine for the first time definitively how the English langu... read more

When James Murray compiled the OED in the 19th century, he used a small army of volunteers--and thousands upon thousands of paper slips--to track down the English language. Today, linguists use massive computer power--including the world's largest language databank, the Oxford Corpus, which contains more than two billion words--to determine for the first time definitively how the English langu... read more

Merriam-Webster's Easy Learning Spanish Idioms (Spanish Edition)

Merriam-Webster

Discover expressions and common idioms to make your Spanish more natural and fluent. 250 Spanish idioms arranged by theme such as appearance, relationships, conflict, achievement, and happiness. Includes backgrounds of some idioms while culture notes explain any cultural differences.

Discover expressions and common idioms to make your Spanish more natural and fluent. 250 Spanish idioms arranged by theme such as appearance, relationships, conflict, achievement, and happiness. Includes backgrounds of some idioms while culture notes explain any cultural differences.

Collins English Dictionary and Grammar

Collins Dictionaries

The all-in-one guide to using English, including all the words, phrases, and definitions you need and a unique full grammar of English to answer all those tricky questions. Language notes help you choose the right word and the easy-to-use layout allows you to find what you re looking for quickly. Specially tailored to meet your needs at home, school, and in the office, the "Collins English Dic... read more

The all-in-one guide to using English, including all the words, phrases, and definitions you need and a unique full grammar of English to answer all those tricky questions. Language notes help you choose the right word and the easy-to-use layout allows you to find what you re looking for quickly. Specially tailored to meet your needs at home, school, and in the office, the "Collins English Dic... read more

Collins English Dictionary

Jeremy Butterfield

This edition of the "Collins English Dictionary" has been fully revised to include thousands of the latest buzz and hi-tech words, as well as new meanings from the Bank of English. It includes a much wider and richer range of words than ever before, with regional and dialect words con tributed by hundreds of people from all over the UK, and generous coverage of World English, particularly from... read more

This edition of the "Collins English Dictionary" has been fully revised to include thousands of the latest buzz and hi-tech words, as well as new meanings from the Bank of English. It includes a much wider and richer range of words than ever before, with regional and dialect words con tributed by hundreds of people from all over the UK, and generous coverage of World English, particularly from... read more

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (Oxford Quick Reference)

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable reference work that offers the best advice on English usage. Known in previous editions as the 'Pocket Fowler', this third edition is a descendant of the original 1926 edition of A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Fowler.Based on the unrivalled evidence and research of the Oxford Dictionaries Programme, the new edi... read more

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable reference work that offers the best advice on English usage. Known in previous editions as the 'Pocket Fowler', this third edition is a descendant of the original 1926 edition of A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Fowler.Based on the unrivalled evidence and research of the Oxford Dictionaries Programme, the new edi... read more

Collins Easy Learning German – Easy Learning German Grammar

Collins Dictionaries

Collins Easy Learning Grammar titles provide easily accessible information in an attractively presented layout. Key grammatical points are highlighted, and a glossary gives clear explanations of grammatical terminology. The books also discuss all the regular verb forms and conjugations, and the most common tenses of irregular verbs are shown in full. An index contains thousands of verbs, cross... read more

Collins Easy Learning Grammar titles provide easily accessible information in an attractively presented layout. Key grammatical points are highlighted, and a glossary gives clear explanations of grammatical terminology. The books also discuss all the regular verb forms and conjugations, and the most common tenses of irregular verbs are shown in full. An index contains thousands of verbs, cross... read more

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