Mighty Red Pen

January 15, 2009

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who needs a copy editor most of all?

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Overseen,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 8:02 pm

We couldn’t have foreseen it at the time but now Gussie Fink-Nottle writes to tell us that no, some things do not get better with age, that time does not heal all wounds, that not all who are older are, in fact, wiser.

Last year, ESP guy Robert Channing visited St. Mark’s School in scenic Southborough, Mass., and the resulting article on the St. Mark’s website, well, it left a lot to be desired.

Channing was recently back. There is much to make a copy editor cringe about the following write-up (including the fact that they lifted the lead paragraph word for word from last year’s write-up, but that might just be MRP being fussy). Take a look for youself:


There’s some pretty great repetitive and redundant word choices, for starters. Gussie especially wanted to point out paragraph 2, where they do a bang up job of a run-on sentence.  MRP particularly enjoys the liberal use of ellipses to indicate the end of sentences. Am I the only one who wonders about the “famous student with the ‘Dragon’ nickname”? If only I had my crystal ball . . .


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