Friday, March 12, 2004

A copy editor's dilemma*

With an unexpected Friday night off, do I:
1. Go see Grandaddy because it's a fantastic, poppy band that would cap off my evening quite winningly?

2. Boycott Grandaddy and its concerts because it chooses to spell its name with three Ds instead of four?
I think I probably won't go. But the real reason is that it's $25, which is ridiculous, and Grandaddy is headlining with Saves the Day, a band that sounds awful in this review. Why share my hard-earned cash with them?

*Is "dilemma" a mistake? AP says: "It means more than a problem. It implies a choice between two unattractive alternatives." However, this usage note in Merriam-Webster begs to differ: "Although some commentators insist that dilemma be restricted to instances in which the alternatives to be chosen are equally unsatisfactory, their concern is misplaced; the unsatisfactoriness of the options is usually a matter of how the author presents them. What is distressing or painful about a dilemma is having to make a choice one does not want to make."


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