cut the copyeditor
May 25, 2010
Better yet, why not just let any old person do it. Get someone who doesn’t know any grammar. Then your publication can be like the Guardian, with sentences like this: “Since Jamaica achieved independence 48 years ago, there have been five state of emergencies.”
And if you’ve been really lucky with your recruitment, this sentence could be followed by something like this: “Those in 1988, 2004 and 2007 were related to hurricanes, while the exceptional powers imposed in 1966 and 1976 were political in nature, related to violence in the run-up to an election.”
Yes, you got that. One election. It lasted ten years.