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On Pavement Pounding and Oreo Cookies


I write this after editing magazine articles, a project I do monthly. It’s late, and maybe I’m a bit punchy, but sometimes I wonder.

One article was about a woman who founded a program in which kids read to dogs. The article said, “She pounded the pavement until she found a school in Long Beach willing to have its kids read to a dog.”

Pounded the pavement? Did her hands hurt after that?

Another article was about a high-school sophomore who has a good attitude despite fighting throat cancer. She is quoted as saying, “A lot of people say, ‘What are French fries without ketchup or what’s an Oreo without cookies?’ I like to say, ‘What’s cancer without a fight?’”

A good attitude, indeed, but isn’t an Oreo a cookie? Doesn’t she mean What’s an Oreo without milk?

I hope the reporter got it right. I’m not so sure.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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December 22, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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