Monday, June 29, 2009

Cumbersome attribution

Needs editing: Found on the NY Times' web site: Ryan Church was originally in the starting lineup Sunday but was scratched because of nausea, the Mets’ vice president for media relations, Jay Horwitz, said. They might change that to ...because of nausea, said Jay Horwitz, the Mets' vice president for media relations. The Times' way is cumbersome.

Spell checks: I just found the word witholding in a book I'm editing. It should be withholding.

Say what? I assume that incentivised comes from the word incentive. It means offered incentives, motivated, according to an online dictionary. ... I came across the word nees and couldn't find it in the dictionary. Using context, I re-read the paragraph and realized the writer meant need.

Big words: I came across re-conceptualisation. It's the British spelling, and it doesn't need a hyphen. And it's w-a-y too long. Rethinking might work better.

Light work: I love the derivation of words. Take photography. From the Greek words photos ("light") and graphos ("drawing"). It means "drawing with light." ... The end of Western civilization as we know it is upon us; Kodak recently retired Kodachrome film after a 74-year run (1935-2009). The reason? Kodachrome represented "less than a fraction of one percent" of Kodak's total sales of still-picture films. Kodak derives most of its revenue from commercial and consumer digital businesses.

The first thing I thought of was Paul Simon's song "Kodachrome," and I suspect a few Kodak people did the same. As the song said:

"I got a Ni-kon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away."
They did.

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