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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:33 PM

 

4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence (for grammar Nazis Only)

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NEW YORK—Law enforcement officials confirmed Friday that four more copy editors were killed this week amid ongoing violence between two rival gangs divided by their loyalties to the The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual Of Style. “At this time we have reason to believe the killings were gang-related and carried out by adherents of both the AP and Chicago styles, part of a vicious, bloody feud to establish control over the grammar and usage guidelines governing American English,” said FBI spokesman Paul Holstein, showing reporters graffiti tags in which the word “anti-social” had been corrected to read “antisocial.” “The deadly territory dispute between these two organizations, as well as the notorious MLA Handbook gang, has claimed the lives of more than 63 publishing professionals this year alone.” Officials also stated that an innocent 35-year-old passerby who found himself caught up in a long-winded dispute over use of the serial, or Oxford, comma had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Reply 4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence (for grammar Nazis Only) (Original post)
Whovian Jan 2013 OP
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2013 #1
Whovian Jan 2013 #2
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2013 #3
Whovian Jan 2013 #4
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2013 #9
frazzled Jan 2013 #5
AtheistCrusader Jan 2013 #15
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #18
leveymg Jan 2013 #6
Gregorian Jan 2013 #7
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #17
niyad Jan 2013 #8
the devil Jan 2013 #10
Hekate Jan 2013 #22
JDPriestly Jan 2013 #11
Jim Lane Jan 2013 #12
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #23
rocktivity Jan 2013 #13
jumptheshadow Jan 2013 #14
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #16
dogknob Jan 2013 #19
Bozita Jan 2013 #20
Hekate Jan 2013 #21
pinboy3niner Jan 2013 #24
eomer Jan 2013 #25
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #26
Fantastic Anarchist Jan 2013 #27

Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:35 PM

1. Hilarious

Snorted coffee. True story, I own BOTH...

I was wondering whether to put then in the same shelf!

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:37 PM

2. Strunk and White guy here.

 

Guess my age is showing.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:40 PM

3. Oh that is on the Ipad

If doing a news story reach for the AP. when I finally sit down to do that history of labor...reach for Chicago.

Short fiction, strunk

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:45 PM

4. As soon as I hit the lotto I hope to get an Ipad as well. :)

 

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Response to Whovian (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:13 AM

9. When you do, I can recommend a few apps

I use it for work, constantly.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:49 PM

5. Oh, I am so in the CMS gang

I am myself a copyeditor, and the kinds of manuscripts and books I edit almost exclusively require Chicago style (even a Swiss book being printed by a German publisher, which I just worked on). I am going to watch my back and my serial commas! But I will never, ever resort to gun violence over this!

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Response to frazzled (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:00 AM

15. Got your back, bro

The Hated Highlighter stands ever at the ready.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:07 AM

18. Chicago is "Second City"...

for a reason

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:49 PM

6. Makes me miss the machine-gun sound of my old manual Olivetti compact.

You dirty rat editors! This'll teach ya for bringin' that high-brow Chicago-style to this here DU! Take this!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:59 PM

7. It all starts with an apostrophe here, and a semicolon there. A slippery slope.

I can't say I'm unhappy about it.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:06 AM

17. "I am", damnit...

or is it "damn it".

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:59 PM

8. you nearly owed me a keyboard!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:01 AM

10. But what about the panda?

You know...the one that eats, shoots, and leaves....

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Response to the devil (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:30 AM

22. Dangerous little thug, that one

Keep an eye out for him.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:18 AM

11. And then there is the Blue Book gang . . . .

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:19 AM

12. We lawyers use the Uniform System of Citation....

and, per the OP, the cops aren't even on to us yet!

Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:34 AM

23. As a long-time legal secretary and court transcriptionist,

I'm on to you and your silly citations.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:30 AM

13. Foo-kin-bee-YOOO-tee-ful!


rocktivity

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:55 AM

14. I know copyeditors who have nearly taken swings at each other...

...over the placement of quotation marks.

Stylebooks are dangerous things.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:04 AM

16. F all you "antisocial" people...

it is "anti-social". Do not make me pull out the AK

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:17 AM

19. Daddy's got a new Clark Nova...

Oh I got something for your punk ass.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:21 AM

20. America needs less rules on grammar! ... Free markets, free grammar FOREVER!

What a great thread!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:28 AM

21. OMG. Hilarious. What I went through writing my dissertation!

Thank gods I had been a proofreader myself in my youth, because as it was it nearly gave me twitches....

Some of my classmates were reduced to tears by the proofreading office, but one of them actually threatened murder outright.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:36 AM

24. You got style!

But is it the RIGHT style? No sweat, they'll make you an ofer you can't refuse.



You'll get the right style...or else.


K&R for the OP!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:10 AM

25. Apparently none of these guides include the rules about attribution and plagiarism?

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:26 AM

26. Hilarious piece of satire, man, thanks for sharing. =D

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:26 PM

27. Why didn't you give proper citation for your post?

I know that's in the Chicago manual, at least.

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