This week's column was going to be about the "campaign to abolish the apostrophe." I decided on the topic last week while surfing the net for grammar- and punctuation-related news. That's when I came across an About.com article titled "The Campaign to Abolish the Apostrophe" (see how cleverly I finessed this into an original and unique column topic?).
I filed the article under "R" for "read after my nap" and, four days later, finally opened it up.
But now that I've finally read the thing, I realize that it would be better to write a column warning readers about some of the rotten tricks we writers pull — namely, our tendency to create mountains out of molehills. (In the biz, we call it getting an "angle" on a story. Come judgment day, it'll be called something else.) Often, this involves taking some old news and packaging it as a new phenomenon.