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All right, I was snarky, but ...
Yesterday I was reproached, discreetly and privately, for my tone in the post inquiring after the dumbest AP style rule. So let me say, directly and publicly, that I have met David Minthorn, Darrell Christian, and Colleen Newvine on their visits to American Copy Editors Society conferences, and I can attest that they are serious, amiable, well-meaning professionals, not at all the sort who would, as someone quoted P.G. Wodehouse, walk over your face in thick shoes.
By John E. McIntyre
July 10, 2013