February 11, 2009
I?m at war with another copy editor, but she just doesn?t know it. Our battles go like this: Every time I copy edit an article that uses the word ?like? to mean ?such as,? I leave it alone. For example, ?Bob enjoys games like Scrabble and Uno.? But any time my foe does a final proofread on one of these articles, she changes every one of these ?likes? to ?such as.? The reason: Grammar myths die hard ? even among journalism pros who are supposed to rely on sources and not their own judgment.
January 2, 2010
Forget your old acquaintances, as the song goes, and pay them no mind. Or at least that’s what I thought “Auld Lang Syne” meant when I was in the fourth grade. When I announced this opinion on the “should auld acquaintance be forgot” line to the class during a lesson about the song, my teacher straightened me out with a confused look and quickly moved on to the smarter, more musically gifted children in class. The first time, but oddly not the last, that I would be put in my place by a woman playing the autoharp.