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My worst fear

Very scary episode of House this week. The patient: an editor. The problem: a disruption in the brain’s inhibitor function, leading the editor to speak whatever he was thinking.

If that should happen to me, police would be calling the medical examiner by sundown to cart off my body.

You think that’s an exaggeration? Ask my colleagues on the copy desk at The Sun about the sorts of things I say already, and invite them to extrapolate.



Posted by John McIntyre at 5:29 PM | | Comments (4)


Maybe you are me.

Ah, now a new worst fear.

When your speech shifts to the monosyllabic and your expertise with certain Saxon terms shines, one becomes certain of displeasure.

I watched that last night from DVR with my husband who has never watched House. He loved every bit of it! We may have a new cult member!

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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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