Copy editors and your kid’s messy room

“Think of a copy editor as a parent trying to clean up a teenager’s room,” writes Baltimore Sun copy chief John McIntyre.copy “You open the door and, God above, there are discarded articles of clothing on every surface. You start to dig in and discover dirty plates, some with unconsumed food on them; notes and uncompleted homework assignments; still more malodorous articles of clothing, along with the unspeakable sheets; and, under the bed, dust bunnies the size of tumbleweeds.

“The basic function the copy editor performs, in all circumstances, is cleanup.” || More here (

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