Saturday, March 7, 2009

where have all the copy editors gone?

From Bernard Cooper's otherwise poignant Lives column in this weekend's New York Times Magazine:

"...the grizzly re-creation of an unsolved murder..."

I could make a sassy joke about the unfortunate substitution of "grizzly," as in "bear," for "grisly," as in "gruesome," and about how, back in the day, newspapers and magazines were able to afford staff who could catch this sort of thing.

But the fate of this business is too grisly.