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 Post subject: Re: Queries from a dumb reporter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 10:04 am 
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The truth is, we can't ingest the amounts of crystal meth that reporters do. And while we can't crank out words faster than we can think, we tend to take what is written and make it make sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Queries from a dumb reporter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:01 pm 
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For the record, slummingreporter is a good friend of mine and he has great respect for copy editors. He just likes to stir the pot.


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 Post subject: Re: Queries from a dumb reporter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 1:14 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by slummingreporter:
Or "lede" instead of "lead?"<hr></blockquote>Some would claim that the intent was to remove the ambiguity from the written direction to "get the lead out". <p>In reality, the intent is to drive reporters mad...<p>D.


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 Post subject: Re: Queries from a dumb reporter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 2:07 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by DominEditrix:
Some would claim that the intent was to remove the ambiguity from the written direction to "get the lead out". <hr></blockquote>Pretty much. The way I heard it, it was to avoid confusion with references to lead slugs in the Linotype days. Dunno how these could get confused, but then I wasn't around in the days when copy editing notes included such stuff as "turn rule."<p>But, gad, I love newsroom jargon.


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 Post subject: Re: Queries from a dumb reporter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 3:31 pm 
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It's because we're cute. Especially me.


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 Post subject: Re: Queries from a dumb reporter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:14 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bumfketeer:
It's because we're cute. Especially me.<hr></blockquote><p>Yes. You're positively adorable.<p>Image


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 Post subject: Re: Queries from a dumb reporter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:48 pm 
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The truth will out, won't it?


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 Post subject: Re: Queries from a dumb reporter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:41 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Oeditpus Rex:
Pretty much. The way I heard it, it was to avoid confusion with references to lead slugs in the Linotype days. <hr></blockquote> [chuckle] Yeah, but sticking to the orthodox explanation kinda takes the fun out of the wordplay...<p>I stick by my contention that many things are designed to drive reporters mad. I were one onct, along with doing that copy editing and page layout stuff. <p>D.


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 Post subject: Re: Queries from a dumb reporter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 10:00 pm 
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Watch what you say, Slummer. The Moderator can always post an embarrassing photo of you...


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 Post subject: Re: Queries from a dumb reporter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 10:06 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by slummingreporter:
I almost forgot...<p>jjmoney, I resent the inference that I rattle of words faster than I can think. Faster than I can type, yes...<p>This may already be evident.<hr></blockquote><p>I apologize for suggesting that you think when you write.


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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by blanp:

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<hr></blockquote><p>Holy crap! It's Ron Ramey!


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