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.
The Pouncer takes his motto from Gore Vidal: “It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.” When the Pouncer discovers an error in a story, he brandishes it aloft and proclaims it. The error is like the dead bird...