Mighty Red Pen

September 17, 2008

All in favor of proofreading, say aye!

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Mad marketing,Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 7:06 pm
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Despite a little problem called alleged forgery, Kelly Timilty may be one step closer to winning re-election to the Massachusetts Governor’s Council after all. She’s not, however, any closer to winning the race for Governor’s Proofreader, as this postcard from her campaign shows:

Timilty may know the true meaning of public service, but she doesn’t seem to know the meaning of proper comma usage, avoiding random caps and random lower-case letters, when to employ every day versus everyday, or just how to correct plain old typos.



  1. I see that in today’s Globe she apologized to Patrick. But she didn’t apologize for the typos which of course are a much worse sin than lying!

    Comment by cookiezim — September 18, 2008 @ 7:25 am | Reply

  2. From the story about forging: “The mailing …was not approved by the Deval Patrick Committee, nor did the governor approve or author the letter that bares his signature,” Liz Morningstar, executive director of the governor’s political committee told The Boston Globe.

    “bares his signature”?

    Comment by Jan Fehler — September 19, 2008 @ 8:10 am | Reply

  3. @Jan, good eye! The typos just gets better and better! I love that the line about “he [sic] constituents” keeps being reproduced from article to article, so the typo just keeps on going and going.

    Comment by mighty red pen — September 19, 2008 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  4. I disagree about all of the missing commas, but everything else that was pointed out I agree with.

    Comment by Kasey — September 22, 2008 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

  5. @Kasey, Could you say more about why you disagree about the missing commas? These are independent clauses joined by a conjunction, so I would use commas before the conjunctions here. This is indicated in such sources as Strunk & White, “Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause,” and Chicago Manual of Style, 6.32 (although CMS does say “If the clauses are very short and closely connected, the comma may be omitted). As for the comma after “thank you,” in letters a comma is generally used after the closing.

    Comment by mighty red pen — September 22, 2008 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  6. Yes, my dear MRP, Ms. Timilty’s staff should have included the commas in between the independent clauses and before the conjunction.

    Comment by Mr. MRP — September 24, 2008 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  7. A tireless advocate for “He-Constituents?” Beware, Skeletor!!

    Comment by helen's dad — September 26, 2008 @ 10:47 am | Reply

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