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Copy Edits du Jour

It's as enticing as the caramel topping on a candied apple.

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It's as enticing as a caramel apple.

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Autumn is a great time to enjoy the region's ambient weather.

(changed to)

Autumn is a great time to enjoy the region's weather.

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Maybe he doesn't like

Maybe he doesn't like apples...just the caramel topping. Has it occurred to you that you may have taken egregious liberties with the very meaning of the text, thereby overstepping the implicit and explicit bounds between mere copy editing and censorship?

Perhaps if the opportunity had presented itself, said person may indeed prefer to have the topping of a caramel apple without the presence of the apple therein. Admittedly, this might be a difficult request to fulfill, but given the incentive, one could certainly achieve an apple-less caramel apple. To overlook this possibility would be a serious dereliction of duty.

As for ambient weather, well, don't let me get started on THAT!



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Perhaps after his caramel-topped candy apply he'd like to order the dinner combo a la carte (with the lemon duck a l'orange, of course).


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June, isn't a caramel apple

June, isn't a caramel apple different than a candied apple? I don't eat either, but I thought the former is covered with that melted Kraft goo, while the latter has a hard, red, shiny surface. If my thoughts are on track, that first example above makes no sense without your edits.

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That's why I'm still laughing at the PR flack who came up with that. Though I must say I consider "ambient weather" even funnier. It's like the writer thought it was important to distinguish it from the weather that's NOT all around you.

: )

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Some people don't bother to

Some people don't bother to look up words in the dictionary before using them. . .

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I'm fascinated ...

... by how people sometimes write without seeming to pay any attention at all to the words they're using. It's like they're just going for a professional-sounding rhythm and tone, and don't care what the words say.

 I've caught myself doing it. So I'm not criticizing, just fascinated.

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Yes, and then there are

Yes, and then there are people like me, who have been life-long readers and know a lot of polysyllabic words and foreign phrases.  When I am speaking, occasionally I find myself wanting to use one, only to realize I have no idea how to pronounce it.

An ex beau and I used to go 'round and 'round about the proper pronunciation of kiln and patina.  He's an architect, so those words arose with some regularity.  I leave the "n" off kiln when pronouncing it and accent the first syllable of patina.  Nearly drove the man to drink.  I still think I'm right, he's wrong, though.  :-)

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I would like to taste

a piece of candied apple topped with caramel. I bet it's interesting.

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Aren't those candied ones often cinnamony?

If so, count me out. I wouldn't enjoy that with caramel.

Non-ambient weather, on the other hand -- that I'd like to experience.

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If you've ever been in

If you've ever been in Barrow in the winter, you 'll know about non ambient weather.  Some houses there have both indoor and outdoor wind speed gauges. :)

 In fact, a good deal of one's time in Alaska is spent in preventing ambient weather from becoming non-ambient