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Snapshot of the editing life, 2003-04

May 19, 2011
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“Prints the Chaff”was a blog for editors I created in the fall of 2003 and updated more than 800 times till the last post of any consequence appeared in May 2004. I removed the site when I stopped updating, but the other day I stumbled across a backup of the site’s posts and learned...

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Word nerd alert

May 19, 2004
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I know some of you collect dictionaries for fun. Now I see somebody watching DVD’s about newspaper editing. Oughta be a way to charge that time to the boss, if nothing else.

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Public minus the ‘l’

May 19, 2004
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And why it’s every copy editor’s nightmare.

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One too many trips to the thesaurus

May 18, 2004
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David Brooks in today’s Times: The emerging responsible faction has no time now for the witless applause lines the jeering jackdaws on left and right repeat to themselves to their own perpetual self-admiration and delight. I’m too lazy to look this up, but what...

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Speaking of blogging and ballgames

May 18, 2004
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Jeff of Side Salad and his pals went to a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game the other night. The crowd is appallingly sparse. Maybe they need the players to bring their families along or something.

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Talking captions

May 17, 2004
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A thread at the Visual Editors board muses on the best way to write a photo caption (I know, some of you call them cutlines). I liked this bit of advice. Back in photo-j school I was taught a very simple but effective formula...

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Trojan War: fact or fiction?

May 17, 2004
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A little bit of both, says National Geographic Online.

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To all you So-Cal deskers

May 17, 2004
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The local ACES chapter is having a math seminar on Saturday.

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Two chuckles

May 17, 2004
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1) Maud Newton wins a caption contest. 2) Sheila Lennon underscores the risks of putting pictures of yourself online. (This is another of those hilarious examples of goofing off with Photoshop.)

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‘The fecund tree of English

May 17, 2004
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… is always sprouting new leaves and casting off the dead ones,” says James Kilpatrick. I wonder if “fecund” is one of those 100 words every freshman should know? Link via Nicole Stockdale.

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Paul Wiggins to world:

May 17, 2004
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It’s OK to start a sentence with “and.” The Bible says so.

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Elegy for an empty apartment

May 17, 2004
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Sid of winkie.org reflects on his swinging beltway bachelor pad. But when I looked at my empty bedroom before leaving the apartment for the last time I found myself tearing up a bit and feeling attached to the place (after five years I never...

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Quote of the day

May 17, 2004
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My, this sounds familiar: Something odd happens to a lot of people when they join an editorial board. They stop hearing the music. Instead of the chaotic mix of rock ‘n’ roll, rap, Bulgarian folk music, and God knows what else most people hear...

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First, let’s shoot all the copy editors

May 15, 2004
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… a screed in which the author of a book on computer doings (programming, if I’m not mistaken) laments a copy editor’s tender mercies. Thanks to George for the link.

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Unfortunate layout of the moment

May 14, 2004
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Unfortunate layout of the moment

Saw this priceless juxtaposition on the New York Times homepage tonight and figured I’d better save it for posterity before proper authorities are alerted. Note the U.S. soldier guarding a Shiite mosque. Now note the headline below, about the "newest Gay Mecca." Folks, it...

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