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Monday, September 29, 2008

Where is my beheading knife?



I don't usually do this, but I couldn't just sit there and read this garbage. I needed to take action, and I'm pretty sure that beheading is illegal.

I didn't even mark all of the errors. I had to stop because my marker started to dry out.

14 comments:

Zachariah Wells said...

Is WTF recognized editorial shorthand? Like STET? I've always wondered what that means.

Megan said...

"Stet" is boring. I prefer "fuckety fuckety fuckety fuckety".

Cindy said...

OMG, is this the pre-school newsletter???? Where is the Smeltings stick? The editors need a good hard thwapping!

Way Way Up said...

My neighbour and a big electric saw. Will that suffice?

:)


STET? ....huh?

Kiggavik said...

Not that this has anything to do with the post, but what ever happened to your new header/look? The coffee stained one?

Megan said...

"Stet" is just an editing term that means "ignore the correction I just made". I don't use it very often, of course. Especially not with Name of Paper Withheld.

My new site is not done yet. It has taken longer than any of us anticipated, but I really do plan to move over there. For starters, I think it's time I had a real URL instead of one I picked on a lark the afternoon I decided to start a blog.

The original design was done by a friend of mine as a favour, but she hasn't had the time to finish it. I am trying to find someone who knows about CSS. Anyone out there interested in a small job? My friend says it will only be a few hours.

allmycke said...

I thought I was pretty snarky when I corrected the menues written in English at the local hotel... Now I know differently! ;-)

The Coconut Diaries said...

Not sure how big or small jobs she takes, but she did my blog: http://seemydesignsbyshauna.com/

Rob, Tina and the boys said...

Do you still have this paper? Can you scan the article about the sled dogs and send it to me? Was that Archie's dogs I wonder?? I really miss that paper.

Anonymous said...

At least we know why the government is broke and looking to increase our taxes. We have employees like this one with too much time on her hands who basically steal from the citizens of the North. Axe her job and the countless others who sit at their desks and blog or email each other dirty emails and we might be $40 million in the black.

Laura Power said...

I dunno, Megan, I think the talk of a beheading knife is going a bit far.

Megan said...

I'm at work and don't have time for a full response, but your comment is legitimate and you do deserve an immediate answer.

Beheading is a running joke on this site. I completely understand why a person might think it's over the top if he or she was new to the blog.

It is a reference to a comment a reader made years ago about a journalism jihad. I adopted it precisely because it is so silly. It is more than a "bit far"; it's completely ridiculous. I do not want people with poor grammar skills to be physically harmed in any way. This should be obvious, but I'll say it anyway.

Laura Power said...

Thanks for the explanation - it makes more sense now. Of course I know you wouldn't actually consider that a reasonable punishment. Just for people who don't know about the inside joke, bringing the thought of beheading into it seems disturbing (especially after the bus attacks).

Megan said...

You are right. It is a disturbing image, and at the time I started using it, it wasn't taken seriously. After the bus attacks, the joke feels a bit different. I probably should have used a different phrase.

This is one of the hazards of blogging: I love it when new people visit my site, but they're not familiar with phrases I've used in the past.