Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Copy Edit du Jour

After a few less-then memorable dates ...

changed to:

After a few less-than-memorable dates

Whenever I see a "then" in place of "than," I like to give the writer the benefit of the doubt. If that makes me a chump, so be it.

The hyphenation is even more interesting: Writer made a compound to modify a modifier (memorable) instead of uniting them to modify the noun. Interesting choice, but, as everyone knows we copy editors are drunk with our own power, I changed it.

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