"full of win"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 1 17:58:41 UTC 2009

So there's no hope of arguing "Well, if you know it all, why are you
asking me, a specialist, to write about it?". They speak the language,
so they know all about it. A common fallacy. (Sigh.)


On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM, Grant Barrett <gbarrett at worldnewyork.org> wrote:
> Yes, this is something I had an entry for when I wrote the NYT 2008
> buzzwords list. Alas, the editors cut it, though I was able to
> shoehorn a bit of the notion into the item Arnold quoted.
> Every year I'm caught in the old trap: if they haven't heard of
> something on my list, then they think it can't be genuine. If they
> have heard of it, then they think it's old hat. Then they suggest I
> include words or lexical items that they themselves noticed in the
> week before the piece is edited because those items feel both new and
> genuine to them.
> I sometimes prevail and am able to persuade them to leave items in (or
> out) but they are the New York Times and I am an outsider of low
> status so they win most of the time.
> Grant Barrett
> gbarrett at worldnewyork.org

Mark Mandel

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