Monday, June 26, 2006

Editing Dave Barry

This isn't particularly important or telling, but I do find it interesting:

A version of Dave Barry's latest column, on Miami fans' love of the Heat, went online with this passage (italics mine): "But I believe that many of us, if we are honest with ourselves, know in our heart of hearts that this is not the sacred undying lifelong-commitment love of holy matrimony. This is more the hasty squirting backseat passion of Prom Night."

But in the paper a day later that last sentence read: "This is more the hasty groping backseat passion of Prom Night."

(And yet prom night is capped in both examples. Yes, I know Barry loves the whole "capitalization for effect" game, but just what effect do we get when prom night is capped? )


At 8:08 AM, June 27, 2006, Blogger tom said...

I'm guessing he wants to impart the phony importance placed upon the whole thing. It's not just prom night, lowercase, a Saturday night in the spring time; but Prom Night, an annual holiday, which requires zillion-dollar dresses, manicures, limos, etc.

At 11:14 PM, June 27, 2006, Blogger Vince Tuss said...

Or the platonic ideal -- the prom night that embodies all other prom nights?

But then again, Dave Barry and Greek philosophy? Sounds fishy to me.


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