If you dream about correcting the office grammar Nazi (“Actually, Mortimer, it’s ‘aha’ not ‘a-ha.’ ”), pick up Washington Post copyeditor Bill Walsh’s witty book Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk. Here are a few playful entries:
“Anal-retentive: As a matter of fact, it does have a hyphen. Thank you for your interest.”
“Armed gunmen: They’re the worst kind.”
“Shepard: To Shepard a plan is to take it on a fifteen minute suborbital flight while sporting a jaunty crew cut. You probably mean shepherd.”
“Without further ado: It’s a ridiculous cliché. Even when you don’t make the mistake of spelling it adieu.”
This article appears in the June 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.