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The joke is back

The video joke of the week returns with “The Picture of Health”: The word of the week is otiose. View the past words of the week on the gallery.
Posted by John McIntyre at 1:18 PM | | Comments (3)


I read the first seven words of this story and thought it was a joke:

At least the pictures are good :)

Happy holidays to you, and I hope you don't have to work on Christmas.

On this, the 187th anniversary of the publication of "A Visit From St. Nicholas", I wish you and your readers a Merry Christmas, and a very good night.


Jack London said something like "I shall spend every moment of my life seeking to enjoy it, and not one moment trying to prolong it."

Here's to aiming for a 90th birthday, while celebrating life's pleasures - whether healthy or not - en route!

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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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