Why, oh why New York Times?!

NY Times logoThe story: 3 U.S. Defeats: Vietnam, Iraq and Now Iran (NY Times Op-Ed 8-7-15)

The mistake: “The big question is, Why did we lose?”

The Copy Vigilante says: Actually the big question is why is why capitalized in the middle of a sentence? Another big question is why is there a comma after “is” when it’s not needed? And the biggest question is why did the editor miss this glaring, simple mistake? Why – oh why?!

Here are some of the Copy Vigilante’s favorite books: Strunk and White – The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition, Stephen King – On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft and Philip K. Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Omnibus.