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To Grammar’s House

Bias is a four-letter word

“To Grammar’s House” is a regular column by the Boston Globe copy desk on the style and language used in the newspaper.

We copy editors are the goalies of the newsroom. We strive to prevent mistakes from slipping into the paper with the same tenacity Tim Thomas displays while attempting to keep pucks from entering his net. When we fail, we feel as incensed as Thomas feels after he allows a goal, no matter whether what got past us was the equivalent of a screened, 100-mile-per-hour slap shot by a renowned sharpshooter or a long-range floater by an unskilled enforcer.

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