Loyola University Maryland

Someone is sending students my way

I am gaining a batch of Twitter followers from a particular university. I think someone on the faculty (and I think who) must be steering them my way. This is dangerous.

One of the 700+plus students who have taken my editing class at Loyola University Maryland presented this succinct evaluation: “You will learn a lot, but might not like it.” And some of the older hands in the business are muttering that I have become a downright subversive.

You see, I started out as a proper copy editor, sternly enforcing the dicta of the Associated Press Stylebook and maintaining all the English-major shibboleths of usage I had picked up in college. Then, over time, I began to...