Editor porn

My apologies if you clicked here looking for naked pictures of sexy editors. I’m afraid such things don’t exist.

But it’s National Grammar Day, and I wanted to lay bare my passion for the well-written word.

“Editor porn” is a term I picked up from Stephanie C. (@OttawaSteph on Twitter). She was referring to a brilliant poem about a punctuation mark – that’s the kind of stuff that gets editors all hot and bothered. (Read @TonyNoland’s Ode to the Semicolon.)

Editor porn comes in many forms. It’s word games, spelling quizzes and discussions about the correct way to spell “I’mma” (as in “I’mma let you finish…”; some proposed variations included “Imma” and “I’ma”). It’s knocking back absinthe and mocking people who don’t know their “there” from their “they’re.”

There was more editor porn in the form of the “editing haiku” tweets posted a while back by Chris Smith (@cswriter). They provided the inspiration for mine.

If you’ve got some editing/writing/grammar haikus of your own, please share.

And if your appetite for editor porn is insatiable, visit National Grammar Day (and check out some of my friends linked there: @EditorMark, @Fritinancy, @KOKEdit, @johnemcintyre).

A preposition
Is a wholly fine thing to
End a sentence with.

When crafting a line
Try not to repeat your words
Again and again.

How can I get it
When you leave out the best parts?
Who, what, when, where, why.

Less is often more,
In degree or in writing.
But fewer is not.

Safire said it best.
“Proofread carefully to see
if any words out.”

Spell with care, I beg.
Those who don’t will seem to be
Less S-M-R-T.

Proper nouns take caps.
Do you mean “boss” or The Boss?
Just for example.

Comma before “and”?
“To my parents, Ayn Rand and
God.” Guess it depends.

If something is “new,”
It probably cannot be
Also called “improved.”

The subject and verb
Must agree with each other.
Doesn’t you think so?

You may have noticed,
If you read until the end,
I buried my lead*.

For the Canadians:

The French surrendered
The use of apostrophe
As in Tim Hortons.

*Or, if you prefer, lede.


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