Changing track

What follows is a telling (no, retelling) / Of error forced by ego (built by spelling, / Grammar, diction, and nice punctuation) / Of premature relief and exaltation / Of man — of boy — of child — of wond’rous pain / An Intern who made edits all in vain.
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A copy editor’s field journal

Of course, I don’t tell him that copy editing just feels intrinsically satisfying. I don’t tell him that it allows me some miniscule amount of order and linear progression as I come to terms with the notion that I, as a freshman, can only pretend to have plans for my own future.
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The Cummings and goings of punctuation

When I turned 13, my sister decided it was time to introduce me to the wonder that is E.E. Cummings through a collection of his most famous poems. Before I knew it, I started falling in love with his writing, one misplaced parenthesis at a time. But, as most loves tend to do, this newfound passion led me to question something I had believed in for most of my life: the all-encompassing importance of correct punctuation.
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‘Semicolons,’ I rest my case

I had never listened to a single song by the Lonely Island until my sophomore year at UC Berkeley — no, not even “I’m on a Boat.” My roommate Gabby was the one to open my eyes — rather, my ears — to the hilarity of the band’s music. After watching a
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More than a matter of length

It ought to be no surprise that I, a self-admitted grammar nerd, correct people’s verbal slip-ups — incorrect prepositions, past participles and the like. What really gets me, though, is when there is a mistake that I cannot address right away, often because it is written. After all, to whom
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