A dream come true?
I read a lot of references to "a copy editor's nightmare" -- usually in reference to wacky capitalization or punctuation of proper nouns ("Yahoo! -- a copy editor's nightmare," "moe., a copy editor's nightmare" or "(hed) Planet Earth -- a copy editor's nightmare."
I'm a copy editor, but these are not my nightmares. In fact, they're some of the easiest errors to deal with: Proper nouns are capitalized. Errant punctuation disappears. Voila.
But I saw a reference today to a copy editor's nightmare that made sense:
Best band name: Very Be Careful. This band from Los Angeles plays Colombian styles mixed with African drums. In these days of irony, post-irony and post-irony irony, I love this name. It's a copy editor's nightmare.Nightmare is strong, but it certainly would make me pause to look it up. And there's only so much time in the day to look stuff up.