However, since nowadays we are all supposed to confess to shameful episodes in our past, I must admit that I was once an editor. Only once. And I didn’t inhale. It was the most painful kind of editing—editing academic writers. Too many academics write as if plain English is beneath their dignity and some seem to regard logic as an unconstitutional infringement of their freedom of speech.
My two cents
How sweet it is to see a learned person make a critique of academics who are an end unto themselves. I suppose that not all academic writers would be difficult, but I think the quote has more than a grain of truth to it. I wonder if some academics are too precious with how they write things—let alone the quality of their message.
Sowell, T. (2001). SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT WRITING. Available: http://www.tsowell.com/About_Writing.html. Last accessed 28th Nov 2012.