HuffPost’s Ryan Grim tells me HuffPost‘s new feature, “HuffPost Hill”, has had to extend their editing contest by one day because even the winner didn’t catch everything.
That winner was ex-Politico copy editor Campbell Roth.
So the search for a second winner is on. The task: to find the cliches in The Nation’s Eric Alterman‘s piece. The prize: A shout-out in HuffPost Hill.
ALTERCATION AWARD WINNER On Friday, we asked readers to spot all the cliches in the below Eric Alterman paragraph. It turned out to be an impossible task. Politico-copy-editor-turned-law-student Campbell Roth takes the prize for identifying six of them: “proverbial ducks lined up,” “just what the doctor ordered,” “shooting as many blanks as real bullets,” “bad guys,” “proverbial ‘step [or two] in the right direction’” and “let the big fish get away.” (Yes, he used “proverbial” twice.) Campbell also nailed the bonus correction: Barney Frank chairs the House Financial Services Committee, not the Banking Committee. But she missed a few ones hidden in there. A second prize for the reader who spots the remaining cliches and mixed metaphors.
Read Alterman’s graph after the jump…
From Alterman: “And yet even with all its proverbial ducks lined up–a populist crusade is just what the doctor ordered for a divided and dispirited party going into perilous midterm elections–the administration and its lieutenants in Congress are still shooting as many blanks as real bullets at the bad guys. It’s not that their bills are all bullshit, as the Republicans’ clearly are. They contain many worthy measures that would, as almost any fair-minded economist will tell you, provide a proverbial ‘step [or two] in the right direction.’ But somewhere along the line, whether in Obama’s White House, Tim Geithner’s Treasury Department, Barney Frank’s House Banking Committee or Christopher Dodd’s Senate side, a decision was made to let the big fish get away.”
Go to the post here.