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Word and deed

It appears, long-suffering readers, that I am now presenting the joke of the week every week instead of every other week. You have been warned.

This week’s offering is an Ole and Lena joke, “The big snow”:

Also for your delight and instruction on Mondays, the word of the week. Featured in today’s “In a Word”: milquetoast. It joins the previous words of the week in the gallery.


Posted by John McIntyre at 8:29 AM | | Comments (3)


I flinched.

Crippling depression.

Video isn't working for me. Plays the advertisement, then stops. Never plays the feature.

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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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