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They're testing me

Last night, as I was concluding my shift at the paragraph factory, one of the page designers, perhaps entertaining an expectation that my head would explode, mentioned that an editor had sent over an article for Friday’s editions with a suggested “’Tis the season” headline.

So either a colleague at The Sun is attempting, successfully, to goad me, or, like the cat, they’re not paying attention to anything I say.

Must check with the publisher to see if there is money in the capital budget for erecting a pillory on Calvert Street.



Posted by John McIntyre at 9:06 AM | | Comments (6)


Oh, don't be a Grinch.

There's nothing more fun than goading an editor. Why, just yesterday, I was given a research article to edit in which the author had set up two quite large, complex tables as though his computer were a typewriter: He used tabs and spaces to align column entries, instead of using Word's table function. My head did explode.

Don't leave us hanging . . . did you kill it or not?

There, there. Remember, "tis the season to be jolly."

If your colleagues are anything like my cat, they do pay attention to what you say, and then figure out how to cause maximum annoyance.

John: I'm glad your head didn't explode. There's too much good stuff in it to waste. Thanks for your headline tips. They're duly noted and followed.

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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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