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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The great sentence search

Teaching writing? Good journalists sweat blood, turn out thousands of words on deadline.

But they also have fun, and their best writing comes when they've written something they had fun writing...even a sentence.

You can see them finish the sentence, hit the period key, and clinch their fist in triumph with a not so silent exclamation of "Yeah!"

Such was one today. Today's NY Times, by William Neuman, about the high price of chicken wings, and a cheap substitute: "Like the tail that wags the dog, the wings are now flapping the chicken."

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