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The Copy Editor's Temperament


Posted by John McIntyre at 11:30 AM | | Comments (4)
        

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OK, that was funny

I wonder what emotion the copy editor felt when he saw that "exhilaration" was misspelled?

Thanks, Mr. Hickok, for pointing out my misspelling.

An educated guess: The emotion would be much the same.

Running the gamut of emotions from A to A, to borrow from Dorothy Paker.

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About John McIntyre
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 john.mcintyre@baltsun.com.
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