Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The business of grammar

J.P. Morgan Private Bank gives its richest investors a reading list each summer. This year's includes "Eats, Shoots & Leaves."

A Chicago Tribune columnists writes:
The title demonstrates how faulty punctuation confuses a message--about pandas, in this case. But it also captures the muddled state of financial markets faced by J.P. Morgan's clients and all investors as summer rolls in.

We know the key terms of the market outlook, but we can't figure out the correct grammar and punctuation to tell the story.
Looks as if this book is even more pervasive than I thought it would be.

So is this helping or hurting the fortunes of copy editors everywhere?


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