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Another late-breaking one. Don't blame me. Blame National Novel Writing Month. (I'm at 23,000 words with 20 writing days left, by the way. The quality of the words? Let me get back to you.)

* Conjugate Visits blogger June Casagrande points out a sly contradiction that a good copy editor should catch.

* Over at Language Log, Benjamin Zimmer simultaneously castigates and praises British comedian Stephen Fry's takes on language. The YouTube clips are well worth your time.

* Gabe at Motivated Grammar takes aim at the perceived prohibition against such phrases as "five times bigger." His target is Washington Post humorist Gene Weingarten, but he could have been shooting at us.

* I'm a bit late in getting to this one, but time hasn't diminished it. David Sullivan compares and contrasts the mess newspaper companies are in with the one facing U.S. automakers.

* The election brought a rare bit of good news for newspapers. Andy Bechtel takes a look.

* Editrix rules. I'm sure you concur.

* Jan Freeman wonders if Barack Obama might finally be the president who kills the distinction between "enormity" and "enormous." (Side note to Ed Kemmick: deep breaths.)

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