Laura Moyer is a compulsive copy editor who reads the AP Stylebook for fun.
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Not quite a picture of perfection

It’s hard sometimes to stop being a copy editor when reading for pleasure.

My colleague George Newman had one of those copy editing moments when he was reading “Pictures of Perfection,” an English village mystery by Reginald Hill.

He came across a description of a marble statue wearing a policeman’s helmet. The statue was of a faun.

George of course knows that a faun is one of these mythical creatures, half-man, half-goat:

Instead of happily reading on, however, George had to give in to that little tingle of the brain that tells a copy editor something is not right. He flipped back to the front cover.

Here’s a picture of the cover:

A little bit closer …


It’s a statue of a fawn.

Looks like they got the helmet right, though.