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From John Berenberg:

It's true

Update — or rather, it used to be true…


  1. Ross Presser said,

    August 31, 2020 @ 4:16 pm

    Especially annoying as a search result because there is a category that matches much better:


    Even searching for "The New York Times columnists" doesn't make it pop out though:

  2. AntC said,

    August 31, 2020 @ 7:31 pm

    Heh heh. Increasingly I find the spellchecker on my phone wants to replace correctly spelled words with others that make no sense in the sentence — some of them are not even correctly spelled.

    I concede I probably use a wider vocabulary than is usual on phones; and am at fault for trying to write in sentences.

  3. Gregory Kusnick said,

    August 31, 2020 @ 9:53 pm

    Apparently Fox News has taken over maintenance of the Wikipedia search engine.

  4. Terpomo said,

    September 1, 2020 @ 3:14 am

    AntC, I believe you're also at fault for using a semicolon.

  5. Mark Meckes said,

    September 1, 2020 @ 5:28 am

    The link in the post now redirects to a list of NYT employees, which includes a section listing columnists.

  6. Rose Eneri said,

    September 1, 2020 @ 10:53 am

    Seems to me Wikipedia wasn't wrong. Is there really any difference between NYT columnist and communist?

    [(myl) You mean like comrades David Brooks, Bret Stephens, and Maureen Dowd?]

  7. Eric P Smith said,

    September 1, 2020 @ 7:38 pm

    I would defend AntC’s use of the semicolon. He wanted a stronger boundary mark than a comma, perhaps because he was co-ordinating clauses and not phrases, and that’s his prerogative. His use breaks no principles that I am aware of. I actually find it quite stylish.

  8. Philip Taylor said,

    September 2, 2020 @ 1:04 am

    "; and I am at fault …" I would accept, but "; and am at fault …" jars for me. I would use a comma in the latter.

  9. Andrew Usher said,

    September 2, 2020 @ 6:59 pm

    I agree exactly. His use of a semicolon there immediately stuck out as incorrect, even though I don't absolutely forbid its use together with a conjunction, as Philip Taylor just expressed.

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