infelicities of style

ASR publishes a debate about a GSS variable measuring # of confidants and presents the name of the variable throughout as Numgiven rather than as NUMGIVEN or numgiven or even “numgiven.” Somewhere out there is a copy editor who has no idea how much I despise them.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

3 thoughts on “infelicities of style”

  1. Yeah, I noticed that as well. By the time I’d finished reading the exchange I was imagining life in Numgiven, IN (pop. 12,720), a small midwestern town where nobody talks to anyone else.

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