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Copy desk blues

Some years back Alex Cruden of the Detroit Free Press wrote some copy editor blues songs, which were performed at the closing ceremonies of one of the ACES national conferences.

In that spirit, I offer the first stanza of a new one: “30 minutes late (and 20 lines long).” Based on a real-life experience. Feel free to add your own verses.

I’ve been sittin’ on the copy desk all the livelong day,

Sittin’ on the copy desk, editin’ to get my pay,

Lookin’ at that syntax, puzzlin’ where it got all wrong,

But it’s 30 minutes late, and the story’s runnin’ 20 lines long.



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