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Monday, June 30, 2008

More redundancy again

Here is another sentence from a different writer, but the same idea:

Each individual woman should discuss this risk with her doctor.

From the tower

Sometimes I'm afraid I'm losing my ability to think. The source of that fear, I believe, is working in isolation.

When I taught, I had plenty of stimulation, and I wasn't afraid of what I didn't know. Colleagues listened to what I had to say and encouraged me to explore ideas. They challenged me to examine my intellectual processes, mentored me, asked for my opinions about their ideas, introduced me to concepts I would not have been aware of otherwise. And they expected me to challenge them. There was tedium. But to offset it, there was competition and there was synergism.

When you work with others on a regular basis, both that competition and that synergy are part of your natural working environment. When you work in isolation, if you don't create them, they aren't there.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

From a True Master

This quote is from George Carlin's last interview.

Self-expression is a hallmark of an artist, of art, to get something off one’s chest, to sing one’s song.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Redundancy -- or what part of at least did you not understand

I just found this sentence in an article I'm editing:

Try to use moist heat or ice packs at least twice a day or more.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Words I don't like

I don't like the term "Homeland."

It's jingoistic and sounds far too much like "Fatherland."

Monday, June 9, 2008

When copy editors get the hiccups

This paragraph came from last Sunday's New York Times.

"I want to take all our energy and all our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama as our next president of the United States," said Mrs. Clinton said, who, as she noted in the speech, drew more than 18 million votes that she can now steer toward Mr. Obama.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

From the donkey's mouth

This one is my favorite out of the group.

A congressional candidate in Texas:

'That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it.'

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I'm sorry, could you say that again?

A friend sent S a whole bunch of these and she shared them with me. So I thought I'd share a few with you. Supposedly, the quotes are accurate. Here's the first one:

Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign:

"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life."