Our February issue is just out and features a pretty cool cover story and lots more inside. Last night I received the first comment on the issue from a reader. It left me despaired.
No mention whatsoever about how interesting the articles are this month. Not a word on the great writing or terrific photography. Instead, it was a rant on how the word "despaired" in a caption was hyphenated. Because of space constraints, the word broke at the end of a line: despair-ed.
According to this reader's dictionary, despaired is two syllables, not three, and breaks only at de-spaired. The kind reader then signed off with "rules are rules!"
I tried to be kind in my response, saying that dictionaries differ and that rules are usually not rules, but rather traditions, and those can be broken. Blasphemous, I know, but true.
Then I tried to resist despair. So far, it's working.
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