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July 22, 2009 2:00 PM   Subscribe

Are you a grammar and fact checking fiend? Are you still not sick of Sarah Palin? You're in luck! Vanity Fair's copy, fact, and executive literary editor went to town on Sarah Palin's resignation speech. More strikethrus than you can shake a stick at!

On a non political note, this is fascinating for people like me who want to work as copyeditors. It's great to see how a major publication handles these tasks.
posted by tylerfulltilt (81 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: triple double. -- pb



 
uh
posted by the dief at 2:01 PM on July 22, 2009


Previously, on Metafilter.

/Studio applause
posted by educatedslacker at 2:02 PM on July 22, 2009




MeFi's own double post fact checkers will soon be on this case, I'm afraid.
posted by exogenous at 2:02 PM on July 22, 2009


Deletion reason: see me after class.
posted by Riki tiki at 2:02 PM on July 22, 2009


Well...chances are that Palin's people copyedited their final draft--the one that VF re-edited/lampooned. That's why there are so few copyediting marks on it.
posted by scratch at 2:03 PM on July 22, 2009


And by "soon" I mean "I thought I could type fast enough to skip Preview, but I was wrong."
posted by exogenous at 2:03 PM on July 22, 2009


They handle these tasks the same way as everyone else, pretty much.
posted by Mister_A at 2:03 PM on July 22, 2009


Simple rule to follow -

If it's on the internet and about Sarah Palin, odds are it's been posted here already.
posted by educatedslacker at 2:03 PM on July 22, 2009


Second verse, same as the first!
posted by klangklangston at 2:04 PM on July 22, 2009


Cuz we are big fans of the internet AND Sarah Palin.

Can you believe her dad is from Monty Python????
posted by Mister_A at 2:05 PM on July 22, 2009


And somehow the phrase "go to town" is in both fpp's...
posted by azarbayejani at 2:06 PM on July 22, 2009


Who's Sarah Palin?
posted by box at 2:06 PM on July 22, 2009


Last?
posted by jquinby at 2:06 PM on July 22, 2009


In before DU!
posted by Mister_A at 2:07 PM on July 22, 2009


this is a good post
posted by kathrineg at 2:07 PM on July 22, 2009


I, too, am posting in this thread.
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 2:07 PM on July 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


your mom posts in deleted thread's
posted by little e at 2:08 PM on July 22, 2009


Years from now, students will study this FPP and see that I, too, posted in it.
posted by mrnutty at 2:09 PM on July 22, 2009


HURF DURF double-post eater
posted by educatedslacker at 2:09 PM on July 22, 2009


Should 'non political' be hyphenated?

Also, isn't there generally a space in 'copy editors'?
posted by box at 2:09 PM on July 22, 2009


What, are there still some unshot fish in that barrel or something?
posted by George_Spiggott at 2:10 PM on July 22, 2009


The 'e' in 'English' should probably be capitalized.
posted by box at 2:10 PM on July 22, 2009


Are you still not sick of Sarah Palin?

No.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:10 PM on July 22, 2009


[insert text of the Treaty of Westphalia]
posted by ruelle at 2:11 PM on July 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Soon-to-be-deleted threads are the cracks through which ZALGO attempts to infiltrate our world.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 2:11 PM on July 22, 2009


"Fact-checking," too, should be hyphenated. And I'm not even going to say anything about "strikethrus."
posted by RogerB at 2:11 PM on July 22, 2009


I'm trying to decide if I'd go for hypens in 'grammar- and fact-checking fiend.'
posted by box at 2:11 PM on July 22, 2009


Gotta comment in the Palin threads. Cabal rule.
posted by graventy at 2:12 PM on July 22, 2009


Personally, I'm getting my Sarah Palin second wind. I think all those recent celebrity deaths really cleared the palate.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:12 PM on July 22, 2009


THERE IS NO CABAL
posted by graventy at 2:12 PM on July 22, 2009


I've got my pencil! Give me something to write on!
posted by fijiwriter at 2:13 PM on July 22, 2009


way to beat a dead horse
posted by Afroblanco at 2:13 PM on July 22, 2009


in after in before
posted by Mach5 at 2:13 PM on July 22, 2009


BALEETED
posted by educatedslacker at 2:13 PM on July 22, 2009


I have no idea how these people got their ravings wedged into their speech, or why.
posted by tzikeh at 2:13 PM on July 22, 2009


Who is this Palin, and how can I learn more about her?
posted by jabberjaw at 2:13 PM on July 22, 2009


ZALGO!

not doing it right?
posted by longsleeves at 2:13 PM on July 22, 2009


yawn
posted by pineapple at 2:13 PM on July 22, 2009


all those recent celebrity deaths really cleared the palate

pallet
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:13 PM on July 22, 2009


It was my very first "in before," Mach5.
posted by Mister_A at 2:14 PM on July 22, 2009


Like waiting for the other shoe to drop...
posted by jquinby at 2:14 PM on July 22, 2009


Also, weak ...in that this could have easily contributed to the ongoing Palinathon.
posted by pineapple at 2:14 PM on July 22, 2009


I was promised pictures of elephants peeing!
posted by NoMich at 2:14 PM on July 22, 2009


I am going to print a microscopic version of the treaty of Westphalia, using an HTML trick that produces massive amounts of text as a dot no larger than a period.

.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:14 PM on July 22, 2009


Uh, IRFH, sorry PAL, but it is PALATE.
posted by pineapple at 2:14 PM on July 22, 2009


Oh, it got posted there too.
posted by box at 2:14 PM on July 22, 2009


Double postin'? That's a Palin'.
posted by ALongDecember at 2:15 PM on July 22, 2009


all those recent celebrity deaths really cleared the palate

pallet

palette
posted by scratch at 2:15 PM on July 22, 2009


PALETTE.
posted by box at 2:15 PM on July 22, 2009


pineapple: "Also, weak ...in that this could have easily contributed to the ongoing Palinathon."

We can't get there by ourselves, people. Everyone must work together to create mass Palin examination.

MetaPalinFilter
posted by pineapple at 2:15 PM on July 22, 2009


Also weak in that this FPP could only lift like 10 pounds tops.
posted by educatedslacker at 2:15 PM on July 22, 2009


Hey! I have a computer!
posted by Mister_A at 2:15 PM on July 22, 2009


my weiner is full of pee!!!!
posted by snofoam at 2:15 PM on July 22, 2009


THE PALATE IS CLEARED LIKE A WITH A SORBET
posted by pineapple at 2:16 PM on July 22, 2009


The echo chamber of the damned.
posted by jquinby at 2:16 PM on July 22, 2009


Make me down a palate on your floor?
posted by RogerB at 2:16 PM on July 22, 2009


PALINETTE.
posted by box at 2:16 PM on July 22, 2009


BLINK TAG SHOWDOWN!!!!!
posted by Mister_A at 2:16 PM on July 22, 2009


clearing the pallet = emptying the pallet
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:16 PM on July 22, 2009


filthy light thief means that PALIN was the GREASY MAIN COURSE, and Farrah Fawcett's death was a LIGHT REFRESHING SORBET
posted by pineapple at 2:16 PM on July 22, 2009


We really are a silly bunch.
posted by educatedslacker at 2:16 PM on July 22, 2009


all those recent celebrity deaths really cleared the palate

pallet

all those recent celebrity deaths really CLEANED the PALLET
posted by Jody Tresidder at 2:16 PM on July 22, 2009


of dead people
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:17 PM on July 22, 2009


RogerB, that's a "pallet" and also, you just tipped your hand -- you from the country, friend.
posted by pineapple at 2:17 PM on July 22, 2009


At least Jody gets me.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:17 PM on July 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


educatedslacker: "We really are a silly bunch."

I know, I feel like a terrible person. I'm sorry, cortex.
posted by pineapple at 2:18 PM on July 22, 2009


POOP!

Not commentary, just wanted to say it.
posted by P.o.B. at 2:18 PM on July 22, 2009


filthy light thief means that PALIN was the GREASY MAIN COURSE, and Farrah Fawcett's death was a LIGHT REFRESHING SORBET

Who left their plate on the floor???
posted by scratch at 2:18 PM on July 22, 2009


of dead people

Dead people are CLEANSED
posted by Jody Tresidder at 2:18 PM on July 22, 2009


or Jessamyn.
posted by pineapple at 2:18 PM on July 22, 2009


The double post will confuse future Palintologists. It's like two fossils of the exact same animal from two different epochs separated by millions of years.
posted by yiftach at 2:18 PM on July 22, 2009


or Matt.
posted by pineapple at 2:18 PM on July 22, 2009


or whoever gets to clean up the mess in Aisle 83498.
posted by pineapple at 2:19 PM on July 22, 2009


someone close this thread to new comments, please.
posted by snofoam at 2:19 PM on July 22, 2009


I thought Palintologists thought the world was only 6000 years old...?
posted by educatedslacker at 2:19 PM on July 22, 2009


Dead people are CLEANSED

We must be hanging out with a different class of dead people.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:19 PM on July 22, 2009


buttcheezes for all!
posted by snofoam at 2:20 PM on July 22, 2009


someone close this thread to new comments, please.

Snofoam wants to be FLENSED
posted by Jody Tresidder at 2:20 PM on July 22, 2009


we're not supposed to do this you guys D:
posted by kathrineg at 2:20 PM on July 22, 2009


I flagged this post as hard as I could. Mods are napping.

FOOD FIGHT!
posted by educatedslacker at 2:20 PM on July 22, 2009


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