Byline #2 and a Puzzle

June 24, 2008 at 9:35 pm 1 comment

You should read this: Confidence Slouches On Toward End of a Grim Second Quarter

And also I would like to let you know that I wrote two letters to two different editors of major publications this week. If they are published, I’ll link to them. If not, I won’t. They’re both extremely nerdy error corrections.

Lauren was a font of information today (as usual):

Mental Floss on weird wedding traditions. Here’s a glimpse:

“…the original duty of a ‘Best Man’ was to serve as armed backup for the groom in case he had to resort to kidnapping his intended bride away from disapproving parents. The ‘best’ part of that title refers to his skill with a sword, should the need arise. (You wouldn’t want to take the ‘just okay’ member of your weapon-wielding posse with you to steal yourself a wife, would you?)”

Slate on the sad, sad demise of the semi-colon.

From Andrea, The Atlantic asks Is Google Making Us Stupider?

Ok, here are hints about what I wrote in one of my letters to the editor:

Hint #1: There is something different about these two obits, but only in the newspaper (they fixed it on the website) :

George Carlin, Comic Who Chafed at Society and Its Constraints, Dies at 71

Dody Goodman, 93, Television Actress

Hint #2: The Washington Post got it right.

Hint #3: 53 Down in today’s Times crossword puzzle.

Answer tomorrow!

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Entry filed under: ABC News, Atlantic Monthly, Grammar, Internet, New York Times.

Just Another Manic Monday Championing the Cause For Grammar Geeks

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