Mighty Red Pen

June 24, 2009

Is this some kind of joke?

Filed under: Pop culture,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 7:39 pm
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Hmm, I dunno. This tidbit appeared in the Onion, so I guess it’s meant to be a joke, but raise your hand if this actually happens to you.

Friendly Note To Coworker Undergoes Eight Revisions

WILMINGTON, DE—A brief note from United Family Insurance employee Martin Schatz to a coworker regarding storage-closet office supplies went through eight rewrites Monday. “I wrote it pretty quick and was about to drop it in [Al Miesner’s] box when I noticed I used the word ‘stapler’ twice in the same line,” Schatz reported after delivering the final version. “It read kind of weird, so I changed the second ‘stapler’ to ‘it.’ But then it read even worse, so I changed it back.” Schatz also changed “Thanks!!!” to “Thanks…” fearing that the original punctuation was “a bit too much.”

Now, here’s the thing: I’m not saying I do this, but I’m also not saying I don’t.



  1. Pretty much all my memos go through that process.

    Comment by xensen — June 24, 2009 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

  2. I’m not admitting anything, but…real editors edit everything. EVERYTHING.

    Comment by Nancy — June 25, 2009 @ 12:02 am | Reply

  3. The last bit reminds me of the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote that now pops into my head whenever I’m doing a little bit of, er, well-tempered revising, “An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own jokes.”

    Comment by tk. — June 25, 2009 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  4. It has taken me 25 minutes and nine drafts to write this comment.

    Comment by JD (The Engine Room) — June 29, 2009 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

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