The Compulsive Copyeditor

February 18, 2014

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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1 Comment »

  1. I wonder how the French feel about such issues these days—they were once so protective of proper language…

    Comment by A — August 18, 2014 @ 6:02 pm | Reply


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