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Monday already?

The word of the week, rebarbative, is up at You can find the previous words of the week on the site.

Also today, the joke of the week, “The Locomotive,” is up. Don’t be shocked to see that I’m wearing a long tie rather than a bow tie. The day I recorded the latest set of jokes was also the day I returned midterm exams in my editing class, so I was wearing a judgment suit.



Posted by John McIntyre at 11:08 AM | | Comments (4)


There are bow-tie usage rules?

I trust you had your black cap handy.

Do you also own a Zoot suit? I believe one should not wear a bow tie with a Zoot suit.

You treated us to the word "rebarbative" months ago. Nice to see the Sun catching up with you.


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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
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