Copy Editing Conundrum 3: One, two, three, four, what are we editing for?

Episode 3

You didn’t think I was going to leave you without an editing present for Christmas, did you? Below is an Internet meme you have probably already seen, but it still gives me Christmas cheer, so I thought I would share. Newspapers are almost easy targets sometimes. Those of us who have worked in the business know how difficult it is to slam a headline on a story before deadline slams shut. Still, some are just head-shakers.

Did the copy editor actually read the story before writing this one? Or was he or she just a hater of both English and math?

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