“To Grammar’s House” is a regular column by the Boston Globe copy desk on the style and language used in the newspaper.
Quick quiz: which of the following is a proper title?
A. Former President Bill Clinton
B. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
C. Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Carl Stanley McGee
The copy editor rejects choice A, knowing there is no such office as former president, and changes the capital “F” and capital “P” to lower case. Choice B is also wrong; the copy editor changes it to Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. The third title is correct, but it is such an eyeful that the editor rearranges the construction to make it read: Carl Stanley McGee, assistant secretary for policy and planning.
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