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editor

Cynical Definitions

n. A cog in the literary machinery responsible for transforming slavish, purple prose into completely unreadable dreck.

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n. A person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.

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n. A severely virtuous censor, but so charitable withal that she tolerates the virtues of others and the vices of herself.

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n. A person who combines the mental clarity of an Alzheimer patient, judgment skills of a crack whore, and linguistic acumen of an immigrant.

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Cynical Quotations

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

— T. S. Eliot

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