13 Nov 2005 chromatic   » (Master)

Or Possibly a Helicopter:

Being an editor, I find bad writing painful (except for leading dangling participles). Don't get me started on most technical writing. (If you've written for me, you likely know at least two of my pet peeves, though I try to be gentle about explaining them.)

If there's anything worse than technical writing -- and I'm leaving out weblogs here -- it's most newspapers. My mother sent me a story this afternoon about a an accident where a crane fell off of a bridge near my hometown. It amuses me greatly to read:

Another crane will likely be used to remove the debris, or possibly a helicopter...

I vote to remove the debris -- not the helicopter. (Unfair quoting? Not really -- the rest of the sentence is worse.)

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