Monthly Archives: December 2003

The Red Baron’s last flight

December 26, 2003
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It wasn’t Snoopy who took him out; most likely it was ground fire, according to this summary at kuro5hin.org. A long read but a fascinating look at aerial combat during World War I.

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A thread on heads

December 26, 2003
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Blanp rails yet again on people’s lopsided notions of “good” headlines. My favorite riposte: Nearly all winners in headline contests are puns. Usually, they aren?t even funny. Copy editors see this and draw the lesson that they are supposed to turn every headline into a joke, because they have learned that that is the...

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The ‘Christmas Truce’

December 26, 2003
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It really happened, snopes.com says. A spontaneous ceace fire erupted, gifts were exchanged, good cheer was spread about. Then a couple days later the previously scheduled bloodbath resumed.

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My favorite Christmas song

December 25, 2003
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“Cry of a Tiny Babe,” by Bruce Cockburn Mary grows a child without the help of a man Joseph get upset because he doesn’t understand Angel comes to Joseph in a powerful dream Says "God did this and you’re part of his scheme" Joseph comes to Mary with his hat in his hand Says...

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A Christmas thought

December 24, 2003
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It was about 4:30 this afternoon and we were getting near the end of the do-four-days’-work-in-three routine that we always do three times a year, every year, for the privilege of not having to work on the actual holidays, when Michele, one of our veteran part-timers who was filling in, sent a message to...

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Nominations for Banned Words of 2004

December 24, 2003
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The Testy Copy Editors are taking them. And sharing timeless laments. Why can’t we persuade the reporters that the best word for “said” is “said.”

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Papa’s Christmas Eve

December 24, 2003
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?Father,? the children said. There was no answer. He?s there, all right, they thought. ?Father,? they said, and banged on their beds. ?What do you want?? I asked. ?We have visions of sugarplums,? the children said. ?Go to sleep,? said mamma. James Thurber channeling Ernest Hemingway writing “The Night Before Christmas” for the New...

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Stop by Nicole’s blog

December 24, 2003
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For a guide to holiday myths. For instance: “Xmas” is a modern abbreviation that is disrespectful for “taking the Christ out of Christmas.” (The first letter in the Greek word for Christ is chi, which looks like an X in our alphabet. So, you get Xmas and sometimes even Xian.)

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Hat tip to Copy Massage

December 24, 2003
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He sent me a curmudegeonly Christmas card. (And Thanks to Jeff, another Tampa Tribber who sent get-well greetings.)

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Putdown of the day

December 24, 2003
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Foes of a certain former governor are calling his henchpeople Deanie Weenies. (Something made me think, what’s going to happen when everybody starts calling them “Deanie Weenies,” so I put the words in Google and found out, yep, they already are. Well, some of them.)

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