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Editors should edit

PQQ at psuvm.psu.edu PQQ at psuvm.psu.edu
Fri Jan 15 13:25:46 EST 1993

I agree editors should edit assuming they are literate, not simply
good scientists.  Most editing flaws could be chalked up to copy
editors who are also supposed to know the language.  So let's try to
teach and exemplify what a former professor called "telescopic writing"
in which no more words or letters are used than are needed.  In addition
to saying "model" (not paradigm), we should also reject a few neologisms
like the neoverb "to electrophorese" of (heaven forbid) "to PCR".  I'd
love to build a list of the most hated, misused "terms."

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