Make My Day
“One of the great joys in life, for people without many joys in life, is correcting other people’s grammar. We are overshadowed by perpetual rain clouds. We snip off dangling participles, splint split infinitives, reason with antecedents until they stop being unclear. Misplaced modifiers scuttle off at our approach. This kind of stickling is the joy of people who otherwise tend to walk around looking as if someone stuck a lemon in their mouths and they didn’t have a very good morning.”
—Alexandra Petri, columnist, “For the AP Stylebook, it’s ‘more than’ over,” The Washington Post, 2014
• Editorial Comment: For my copy editing students: Make lemonade.
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