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April 14, 2010


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Sounds like a discussion of the the-ness of the the, and the the's place in the language, is in order. Tell him to try to edit THAT sentence.

Denise, that sentence is bomb!

I'm confused. If you haven't SEEN the edited version, how do you know your "more artful words and phrases were lost or damaged"??

I don't recall ever thinking there were "extraneous" examples of "the" in your posts, and, as you know, I'm always first in line to have, now what did my mother call it? Oh, yes - "animated debate" about what you write. So I feel on pretty solid ground in saying, while you have your quirks, an over-dependance on "the" ain't one of 'em.

So THERE, editor person!!! :P

I have seen the final version ... just can't find the missing "the's."

So I'm pretty the confused too.

So...never mind the "the" - is it OK now to start a post with "So"?


Nice jab ;-)

As I've explained repeatedly, it's FINE and time-honored to start a story with "so." It's NOT fine to answer a question beginning with the word "so." If you're going to answer a question with a yarn, say: "That's a good question. Here's the story ....."

Not, "So, I the first time I had athlete's foot was back in junior high."

That's presumptuous.

Maybe if you wouldn't refer to yourself as THE David Murray all the time. Now, that's presumptuous!

"The Murr"?

I'm secretly smiling and snickering since an unnamed editor made some pretty harsh comments to me about 6 years ago regarding my double spacing between periods. Karma kicks hard sometimes, doesn't she?

Karma is a bitch. And (technically) that would be double-spacing AFTER periods.

Pax vobiscum.

Tribune is now hot, spicy. Fewer words, good thing. Reward writers speaking in fragments. Extra words, not good.

Articles like "the" not needed in Russian, no need at Tribune. Tribune wants verbs. Fast read. Sam Morse would be proud.

Geez...E. B. White said eliminate unnecessary words, not words that serve as cushions between phrases. Is the Tribune's cost of newsprint really so crushing that they need to eliminate all but Tarzan-speak to save space?

Keep the faith, David.

"And (technically) that would be double-spacing AFTER periods."

I'm not a big fan of you right now. Not at all.

Duh. Fine sanding? Don't you mean "tweaking?"
It's the newspaper, David. It used to be they'd wrap the fish in it the next day. Now it's just for picking up the dogshit. If you can find a the copy.

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