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Aw, shucks

Though I am out of the office this week, I couldn't leave this message from a reader, a lawyer in Cincinnati, lying about:

Your blog is outstanding.  …

I'm not familiar with the personalities of the players in  the copy-editing community, but I can say that after the past few  months of tracking your blog, Doug Fisher's blog, Nicole Stockdale's blog,  and Bill Walsh's blog, I have tremendous regard for the work that all of  you do and the standards that you strive to maintain.  I suspect that  the effort to maintain your blogs is a labor of love, but it must take at least  some time from your days. … I'll say thanks. It's nice to have a place to go  online to learn something useful. You copyeditors are incredibly  sharp.

Posted by John McIntyre at 8:33 AM | | Comments (2)



You e-mailed your reader back to point out that "copy editors" is two words, not one, right? Of course you did. Well done, then. Heh.

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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