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No class

Earlier this week, in an editorial in The Baltimore Sun, I saw the word cache for cachet.

Yesterday, a snarky letter at about a critic included this sentence: “I hope he's not too attached to the cache that writing for a newspaper used to have.”

Writers and publications might have more cachet — prestige, distinction, pronounced ka-SHAY — if they could bring themselves to learn how to distinguish between different words. Otherwise, they merely assist me in building up a cache — a store of examples or an area in which such material is kept securely, pronounced KASH — of material to hold up for condemnation.



Posted by John McIntyre at 9:06 AM | | Comments (2)


Just think what you would have said if you were not on holiday (which assumes a more mellow, forgiving mood) this week.

i heard once that when martina navratilova defected, she walked into the U.S. embassy in prague and asked, "do you cache czechs?"

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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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