The Compulsive Copyeditor

February 18, 2014

Typo Humor

Filed under: Uncategorized — amba12 @ 1:07 pm

Find it here.

From The Onion’s horoscopes for the week of February 18, 2014:

An error in last week’s horoscope has probably resulted in you having a chance midnight encounter with a tall dark strangler. The stars regret any inconvenience.


Is The New York Times Being Copyedited By Millennials, Or What?

Filed under: grammar,language degenerating — amba12 @ 11:05 am

What’s wrong with this thousand-word picture?

That may explain why millennials like Brianne Thomas, 24, an aspiring entrepreneur in Brooklyn, has bounced from internship to internship. Unlike her parents’ generation, it is not enough to find a steady job . . .

That double-dip (triple, some might say) solecism appeared in For Interns, All Work and No Payoff, by Alex Williams, in the most recent Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. Did you spot the spots?

It’s possible that The New York Times is hardly being copyedited at all. Grammatical correctness wires your brain properly, yet it is now considered a dispensable luxury. The assumption seems to be that young readers won’t even know the difference. Well, they certainly won’t if the Times doesn’t.

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