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My misunderstanding

The award for best copy editor mentioned in my previous post turns out to be an award for a self-entered contest. You can get the entry form here; click on CONTEST. I should have investigated more closely before posting.

Still, if you’d like to praise the work of a copy editor who has protected you from your own propensity for error (you know who you are), please feel free to do so here in the comments.



Posted by John McIntyre at 6:27 PM | | Comments (1)


I praise my father, who saved many of my high school and college papers, in addition to a countless number of cover letters, from ruin (be it grammatical or content-based.)

He's a skilled copy editor at a major metropolitan newspaper. Perhaps you know of him? :-)

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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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