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Your editor ...

By John E. McIntyre

The Baltimore Sun

12:29 PM EDT, September 7, 2012

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Baffling but true: Not all writers hold editors in high esteem. But the poor dears sometimes have difficulty expressing themselves clearly. To help them out, I have constructed some "your editor" insults, on the model of "yo mama" invective. Contributors are invited to exercise their imaginations through the comments function.

Your editor's so dumb, she thinks hapax legomenon is the name of a skin disease.*

Your editor's so dumb, he thinks alumnis is a plural.

Your editor's so dumb, she thinks Gilgamesh is an Afghan chickpea dish.

Your editor's so dumb, he thinks Evelyn Waugh was a British society lady.

Your editor's so dumb, she looked up embolism in the dictionary under M.

Your editor's so dumb, he thinks the semicolon is part of the small intestine.

Your editor's so dumb, she thinks schadenfreude is a ski resort in Austria.

Your editor's so dumb, he thinks Torah is what the Japanese shouted at Pearl Harbor.

Over to you.

 

*All right, all right, don't write in. It's a term for a word that is found only once in the written corpus of a language.