Copyediting George Saunders

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How delightful is this style sheet used by the editors of George Saunders’s forthcoming short-story collection?

Highlights include the distinction between “pity whoop” (noun) and “pity-whoop” (verb), the hyphenation of “pre-boner,” and how to put “Darkenfloxx” in the past tense.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →