Monthly Archives: May 2004

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 the hell is a jackdaw? A great blog name, in...

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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 for writing cutlines. Explain the 5 W’s – when, where,...

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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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