Sunday, June 10, 2012

Correction in waiting

This is not a casualty of the War on Editing. This one predates the War on Editing, and it will live on when editing is a memory kept alive only by reenactors in scratchy wool uniforms and homemade green eyeshades. For the record, though, no: Bush was a highly decorated combat aviator, but he wasn't a fighter pilot. Those planes are called "bombers."

Tip for editors: Whenever a writer refers to a political candidate/business leader/whatever as a "fighter pilot," ask what sort of plane he or she flew.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Mark P said...

Maybe the writer was thinking of GWB. He was at least a pretend fighter pilot.

11:22 PM, June 11, 2012  

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