Like most editors, I have a bit of a thing for words: where to stick them, how to spell them, whether shi*show requires one or two asterisks to protect the delicate sensibilities of readers. It’s why my favourite quote from the late, great Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee isn’t “I truly believe the truth sets men free,” but “Is dickhead one word or two?”, though both have never seemed more pertinent. (Dickhead is one: Merriam-Webster).
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