Jonathon Owen is a copy editor and language writer with a master’s degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University. His thesis explores the role of copyediting in regulating English usage, and he holds the paradoxical view that it’s possible to be a prescriptivist and descriptivist simultaneously. He blogs about usage, editing, and linguistics at Arrant Pedantry and is a regular contributor to Visual Thesaurus. He also writes a column on grammar for Copyediting newsletter. In his free time he likes to play Scrabble and design word-nerdy t-shirts. You can follow him on Twitter at @ArrantPedantry.