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Obstacle to ambition

Having long since achieved upward mobility by becoming a member of the leftist Eastern media establishment, exceeding my parents’ social and economic accomplishments, my remaining ambition in life is to become—it’s the Word of the Week this week—a flaneur.

Unfortunately, my means are not commensurate with my aptitude.

On the plus side, I mowed the grass this morning and did not drop dead in the heat. And tomorrow, back to the paragraph factory. More for you.



Posted by John McIntyre at 1:01 PM | | Comments (3)


Well, darn it, I for one appreciate it!

Missed it by THIS much: Mowing the grass is akin to harvesting grain, which in French makes you a glaneur.

Stump speaker: "An Englishman I was born, an Englishman I shall die!"

Heckler: "Man, have ye no ambeetion?"

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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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