Sunday, November 28, 2004


The Union's editor is correct that the term "bully pulpit" has been misused recently, but the misusers have plenty of company.

Listening to the copy editors:

Officious and bemused don't mean what you think. And convince and persuade aren't interchangeable.
A colleague asks why the word abbreviation is so long and phonetic isn't spelt with an f. *
"We know it's wrong, but it's consistent with what we've written before. If we change now, readers will be confused and we'll look bad." *
...remember, if you want to make them look good, paraphrase most of it; if you want them to look like a complete idiot, quote verbatim.*

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