Billionaire donors Laura and John Arnold support far more in Maryland than police surveillance

You Don't Say

You Don't Say John E. McIntyre writes about language, usage, journalism & arbitrarily chosen subjects.
Nobody cares

The people at Oxford Dictionaries thought it would be fun to do an online survey of the words people most dislike—presumably giving those people who loathe moist an opportunity to vent. But as The Guardian reports, the site had to be shut down almost immediately because people flooded it with obscenities and religious intolerance.

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Dullness our portion

One of the students in my editing class last semester complained in their student evaluation of the course about the dullness of the copy they edited.* Apparently the texts were about matters of no particular interest, as well as being badly written.

The texts in my editing course are from newspapers, most of which I have collected over the years from the staff of The Baltimore Sun.

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In a word: zeal

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:



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Throwback Thursday: The Newsroom Fauna

Given the number of readers who have stumbled onto this blog in the past year or two, I do not apologize for recycling a set of previous posts. Some have suggested that these Linnaean classifications are not exclusive to newspapers. To those who have read this before, I advise, Horseman, pass by.        LINNAEUS ON THE COPY DESK  A partial catalogue of the denizens of the copy desk.

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Rubbish you were taught: the terminal preposition

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The Old Editor on the slipperiness of quotation

Again this week, The Old Editor will attempt to address your entreaties for information and advice on grammar and usage, writing, writer-editor etiquette, and related subjects.

The Old Editor does not address marital and relationship matters, dietary questions, or automobile mechanics.

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