The copy editor’s lament

A VIDEO of a song penned earlier this year – bemoaning the demise of the sub-editor/copy editor – has been posted on YouTube.

Written by Christopher Ave –  political editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in the USA – the lyrics are (sing along):

I’m a human safety net

I double-check the facts and vet

assertions before they are set in type.


I can provide punctuation

appropriate for publication

make the capitalization right.


I was there to fix your grammar

when you thought it wouldn’t matter

cut all your extraneous blather down.


AP stylebook is my bible

helped me stop the suit for libel

but nothing ensures my survival now.


And I don’t know what I’ll do

after I am through

killing my last adjective …