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H.L. Mencken
Look around you

When I tweeted a little while back, "At the desk. Looking around to see if Strains To Be Cute, Eighteen Hundred Words, I Thought I Moved It, and Deadline Schmedline are working today," a younger colleague was eager to suss out their identities.  He's relatively new to the paragraph game, and he may not have figured out that they are not individuals but types (we have more than one in each category). And, as the critic said of the characters in Pope's Dunciad, they are annually replaceable.  I have indulged in typology before, and though it is early for Throwback Thursday, I thought I'd repeat for you the types of copy editors, writers, and bosses. ...

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