Well, they got the apostrophes right:
“C’mon. Give. What black art did they entangle you with? Satanism? Necromancy? Six Sigma?”
He leaned forward and whispered.
It’s time for “Grammarnoir” from John E. McIntyre
NYTimes, I say this needed a serial comma:
“…contend that successful groups share three traits: a superiority complex, feelings of insecurity and impulse control.”
I think that from now on I’ll just hand this piece out at the start of my editing classes:
I must also caution you from the outset that this course is appallingly, unrelievedly dull. A student from a previous term complained in the course evaluation that “he just did the same thing over and over day after day.” Exactly. So will you. Editing is done word by word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, and we will go over texts in class, word by word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence, and paragraph by paragraph. No one will hear you scream.
I’m going to turn my back for a minute so that anyone who wants to bolt can escape.