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John McIntyre on [Sometimes] Breaking the Rules [of Language]

David Hobby

John McIntyre, The Baltimore Sun's night content production manager, knows the rules of language. 

As a former president of the American Copy Editors Society, and the creator of the blog "You Don't Say," he also knows when to rebel against the rules of language.

He's even written a book on writing and editing. 

In this interview, he joins Sheilah Kast to discuss word distinction, journalistic jargon, and the evolution of language.

Want to see if you can identify all the peeves in McIntyre's 'Count the Peeves' post? Knock yourself out. There are 17 peeves in all. 

WEB EXTRA: John McIntyre explains why journalistic jargon exists, and gives his pick for the next piece of jargon he would like to see disappear from the AP Stylebook.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Jamyla Krempel is WYPR's digital content director and the executive producer of Wavelength: Baltimore's Public Radio Journey. She collaborates with reporters, program and podcast hosts to create content for WYPR’s online platforms.