More from the Old Editor
The Old Editor says:
Dammit, if you think you're a professional, you should know that a hyphen isn't the same as a dash.
That's not editing; that's peristalsis.
Days off and vacations are a bad idea. They just habituate you to the illusion of leisure.
Reverse body type is a tool of the Devil.
Sitting in daily meetings shortens your life more than smoking cigarettes.
If the house you're writing about isn't Blenheim Palace, don't call it "stately."
Newsrooms operate on the same principles as the "Seinfeld" show: No hugging, no learning.
Learn how to make plural possessives of proper names, or it's off to the copy desk for re-education.
Read it in print too, Mr. Electronic Future of Journalism. You'll be stunned at how much you spot.
Use commas in compound sentences; omit them in compound predicates. (Ask a copy editor what those are.)
Use the God-given delete key on these: controversial, dramatic, legendary, massive, prestigious, storied.
Remember: It doesn’t get any better than this.