If you kill him, he won’t learn nothin’!
Editing. It’s where I got my start, professionally, working for a few national computer magazines in Lincoln, Nebraska. I started out as a copy editor (“Hey, you’re using the wrong verb tense! You monster!”), then got promoted to content editor (“This story just doesn’t flow well. You’re worse than Hitler.”). So, you’d think when it came time to edit 47 Echo, there wouldn’t be a whole lot for me to do, right?
Oh, no. I had plenty to do, and my outstanding editor Rhonda Stapleton found stuff that I didn’t even realize I’d done. First, I had to come to grips with a hard truth: I abuse the em-dash. And I mean a lot. I’m in counseling for it now, and one day I might beat the addiction, but for now — small steps.
What about you, friends? What’s your worst grammatical or punctuatory crime? What’s the one you see most that just gets under your skin?