A new arrival
You push the rock up the hill every day, and every night it rolls back down.
Still, the effort to establish clarity and precision in the use of English, against widespread miseducation and misunderstanding, makes for steady employment for editors.
Among the stalwarts at shoving the boulder is Kathy Schenck, the assistant managing editor for the copy desk at the Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee. She is a formidable editor and, as of this week, the author of Words to the Wise, a blog on language.
Her first two posts are models of clarity and good sense, and they are already engaging readers in the comments section. Look in on her.
If enough of us put our shoulders to it, I fondly hope, one day that damn rock will stay put.