by Alan C. Baird (:58 mp3 1340k)

There's always at least one
smarmy bootlicking word
attempting to hide behind a
larger pivotal phrase, in hopes of
avoiding your red pencil. You'll
normally catch him on the first
or second pass. Then you can
deal with the swaggering varsity
jock words who enjoy hanging out
together in the back,
lazily teasing the cheerleaders.
You've got to break them up,
of course, just to keep the peace.
Finally, some quiet and thoughtful
words might be laboring diligently
by themselves over in a corner,
trying to save everything else from
going straight down the crapper.
That's when it becomes crucial
to heed their muffled whimpering:
"A little help over here...?"

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