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Five years

Preoccupied with a series of freelance editing projects, final examinations and projects in the copy editing class, and the heavy responsibilities of night content production at the paragraph factory, I let an anniversary slip by unremarked this week.

It was on December 20, 2005, that the first post of this blog appeared, and now there have been more than 1,300 of them (including video jokes and other frivolities), here and in the separate You Don’t Say site that I operated during the [cough] hiatus [cough].

Some of you have been readers from the beginning, some of you late adopters, and I marvel that you find things of interest here. Keep coming back. I intend to keep at it as long as I have anything to say.*

I know from the comments that nothing will inhibit you from speaking your minds.

And now, good people, however you are spending this holiday, at work, with family, with friends, or alone, please accept my best wishes. You have been pleasant company.


*There will, however, be a slight interruption of service during the first two weeks of January, when Kathleen and I will be in England with a tour group from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, a vacation we shrewdly planned to coincide with the worst winter weather in Europe in years. Assuming that (a) we can get to Heathrow and (b) get back from Heathrow, I will resume posting in mid-January.


Posted by John McIntyre at 4:39 PM | | Comments (6)


Congratulations, and keep up the good work.


Thank you for your opinions and insights. They have been very helpful to me in my work, and entertaining at all times.

Happy Holidays.

Or is that too trite too?

This has been the first winter in the Netherlands that I can complain about to my American friends of being actually worse so far than it is where they live.

Heathrow. Oh dear. The British Minister of Transport already was made to resign.

Safe traveling, and thanks for a consistently enjoyable read. We'll look forward to seeing you back next year.

Pictures! We want pictures!

Have fun across the pond!

On a side note, is it okay for the heat pump to be steaming? The one outside my office is letting out large clouds of steam.

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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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