Today is what I call "carpal tunnel day," where I crank up the classical music, take all the speeches I've deemed worthy of appearing in Vital Speeches and crank them into shape.
The worthiness test is as tangled as Beethoven's mane, and I do hope to articulate it one day. But we publish a lot of stuff I don't agree with.
And occasionally, there's a chance for a laugh.
Like a bombastic speech I'm editing right now, that asserts:
"Ladies and gentlemen, the failure of government schools is a time bomb that has been ticking for a century and a half."
Perhaps when you're talking about a trend that's 150 years old, the hackneyed metaphor of choice isn't the "time bomb," which probably wasn't even invented in 1859.