The copy editors lost this battle
Glenn Coleman, the editor of Financial Week, a Crain’s publication, got into a headline battle recently with his copy editors.
Here is how Coleman tells the story: “Thought I’d sendÂ this 2/11 front page because of ourÂ headline ‘Bristol-Myers squibbed by auction-rate bonds.’
“It got aÂ strongÂ love/hate reaction fromÂ the wordsmithies, internally and externally. My copy deskÂ still wants to strangle me with theÂ unabridged Webster’s Third New International (its ‘squibbed’Â entry includes the somewhat-ironic definition 1b: ‘to utter in an offhand manner’!!)
“Of course, the fact that it’s one of our most viewed and emailed stories of the young year only pisses ’em off more.”
See below. I showed it to one Old School copy editor friend of mine, and he said he wanted to gag.