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Hours away from a pint

There’s a respectable chance that you may find today’s joke of the week, “The Dying Teetotaler,” actually funny. Next Monday, by request, I’ll present the first in a series of “best of” jokes from the past.

If you managed to tear yourself away from the Internet over the weekend, you may have missed a couple of posts: “Sweating the small stuff,” in which I agreed with Jan Freeman that people get unduly exercised over minor spelling errors, such as it’s for its; “Major and minor,” in which I responded to some people exercised over “Sweating the small stuff”; and “Get out your thumbs,” in which I explained why I didn’t go past the first 650 words of a story published by some newspaper forty miles to the south—and why you shouldn’t, either.

Your word of the week, abecedarian, is posted.

And now on to the excitements of a day off from the paragraph factory: doing the laundry, paying bills, mowing the grass (it’s going dormant after the frost, but I want to mulch the oak leaves from my neighbor’s trees), prepping for tomorrow’s editing class, and, sevenish, heading to Liam Flynn’s Ale House for a cheerful pint or two with my former student Andrew Zalesky.



Posted by John McIntyre at 9:30 AM | | Comments (1)


That joke was very moooooo-ving, kind Professor.

Puts an entire new twist on the notion of 'fortified' cow juice.

The 'spirit' was, indeed, w/ the dying pastor....... in more ways than one.

P.S.: -----Prof. McI., enjoy your evening pint, and conversation at Liam Flynn's Ale House tonight. Some brew on-tap would be your preference, I presume?

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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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