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Thought for the day

America’s metropolitan daily newspapers are shedding pages and staff members faster than a black cat shedding on a white sofa. In these troubled times, here are words to live by, from Jonathan Kellerman’s novel Obsession:

Why settle for pessimism when you can have fatalism?


Posted by John McIntyre at 12:38 PM | | Comments (1)


Wow, looks like a I picked a great day for posting my first comment . . .

I came across this sentence while reading a piece on the death of George Carlin:

"According to his official Web site, which is often tongue-in-cheek, he received three court-martials and numerous disciplinary punishments."

First, it's "three courtS-martial," right?

Second, I was wondering if "received" is the standard terminology when discussing someone who is standing before a court-martial. It sounds a bit strange to me, but I can't come up with something that sounds better.

Thanks! While I've never posted here before, I check for updates several times a week and tell anyone who will listen how great this blog is. Really.

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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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