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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
It's a sweltering summer day and Peaches has taken refuge in her air-conditioned tour bus, which is parked behind the stage at the Tweeter Center. In a few hours the 39-year-old musician will put on a corset and perform sexually explicit electro-rock songs from her new album, ``Impeach My Bush," in her opening set at the Nine Inch Nails show. This afternoon she is laying supine on a leather banquette, chatting about gender politics and tugging at the sides of her dress in an effort to cover her hot pink bra.
She's LYING supine on a leather banquette, dammit!
Helen Thomas declares press corps ‘laying down on the job’
I know, I know: That is a jarring transition, and the resulting confluence of words and images no doubt will lead to some quite exotic search queries in future referral logs.
But no matter how much Peggy Noonan may argue popular usage in rationalizing "media" as a singular noun, I can't think she'd endorse the seemingly ever more widespread illiteracy in re lay vs. lie.
Not only the Globe arts section and Helen Thomas are affected. A cursory Google News search turns up a man laying by railroad tracks in the Edmonton Sun, a lightning victim laying on the ground on WABC-TV, and a lemon tree laying likewise in the Sun-Sentinel. The word also is misused in stories in the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times.
Where are the editors? Is the gentleman above emulating his rolltop in his grave?
Wonder what Callimachus' take is on the current state of the copy desk?