Comments: The other James Frey controversy

You read my mind. Frey needs to tattoo-edit that S off his skin.

Posted by Orange at January 18, 2006 02:31 PM

Maybe someone needs to come up with a list of things that FTBSITTTD might _really_ stand for.

Posted by Christopher at January 18, 2006 03:17 PM

God, you can take the copy editor off the job, but you can't ... whatever would finish the analagous aphorism - I don't feel like coming up with it.

All I have to say is, I hope the fact-checkers never get a glimpse at my tattoo. I mean, Angelina Jolie certainly never did THAT with a bottle of whiskey. She couldn't have. It violates the laws of both physics and anatomy.

Posted by Josh at January 18, 2006 04:42 PM

An even worse scandal is that the media has become so scared it won't stand by its writers. Slate issued a correction after Seth Mnookin referred to it in his original article as an acronym. The editors felt it should be called an abbreviation (http://www.slate.com/id/2134203/). Yet Merriam-Webster is fine with acronym (http://m-w.com/dictionary/acronym). I care deeply.

Posted by DO at January 19, 2006 09:10 AM

Though Geoff Pullum also cares quite deeply about the fact that it shouldn't be called an acronym.

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Posted by Christopher at January 21, 2006 03:51 AM

I find it amazing that anyone else could possibly be bothered by that as much as I am. : )

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