Thursday, September 17, 2009

This Job Is Gettin' to Me

Before I started copy editing, I never would have questioned this lede from an AP story:
President Barack Obama on Thursday shelved a Bush-era plan for an Eastern European missile defense plan that has been a major irritant in relations with Russia.

But these days I can't even pay attention to the meaning of the words because I'm too distracted by: a plan for a plan.

I 'spose I would have edited that to read: "... shelved a Bush-era Eastern European missle defense plan ..."

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2 comments:

The Pot Stirrer said...

That's why they pay you the big bucks, kiddo!

June Casagrande said...

True. At this rate, it's reasonable to hope I may someday purchase a venti coffee!

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