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Confessions of a grammar snob

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"What do you have to be to be a good copy editor?" asked the speaker at a seminar dedicated to that topic.

We, the audience, ticked off a long list: meticulous, observant, well-trained, willing to learn.

To each, he barked at us, "NO!"

Exasperated, we started making jokes. Someone in the back squeaked, "Anal retentive?"

"YES!" he screamed. "That's right!"

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