Friday, May 02, 2014

Things fall apart

Is there any lesson in copy editing more basic than this one?

The person who stole the head (or the bobblehead, or the bobblehead head, depending on which part of the story you read) is the "bandit." The person who's in custody is a "suspect." You don't know, and the cops have yet to demonstrate, that they're the same person. Unless you have a sign on your forehead that says "Lawyers: Let me show you how to take lots of my employer's money," you would do well to attend to the distinction.

It looks easy in the way that infielders make hard ground balls look easy: if you can't get them right, you don't get to call yourself a pro for very long.

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