Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Copy Editor's Rant

Zip your lip! No protest will be heard.
Your contribution dared to spell "extreme"
"xtreme"— decapitate a guiltless word!
We may be fossils with an antique dream,
velociraptors of the English tongue,
unworthy guardians of the alphabet,
too hidebound for the fashions of the young:
so be it. We're not ready to quit yet.

Reform our language? It's a good idea:
quicker, easier to learn. A purely
phonetic spelling certainly would be a
orthographic revolution, sorely
needed to fix English's worst defect—
Meanwhile, we've stamped your MS with "reject".

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5 comments:

Princess Haiku said...

LOL I have a family member who is an editor and have heard these opinions before.

Tumblewords: said...

So true!

Linda Jacobs said...

I like this:

We may be fossils with an antique dream,
velociraptors of the English tongue,
unworthy guardians of the alphabet,

Neat way of describing us!

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Great little 'on subject' piece - love your end of line rhymes...

Andy Sewina said...

Yeah, I read this last year and I still say the same - love the end line rhymes! idea/be a + purely/sorely etc.