A view from under the pew: the malaprop mouse editor

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist

amos the churchmouse:

a view from under the pew
Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.

the malaprop mouse editor

boss i may have mentioned
this once before but life
ain t easy under a
cushionless church pew

and especially so if
you re a newspaper editor
in the church pew
underworld community
of bugtussle

one of the editors on
the world-renown
bugtussle gazette has a
bit of a headline problem
boss – he tends to create
headlines with ambiguous
shifted meaning and

i m sure you already know
but a malapropism is the
substitution of an incorrect
word for a word with a similar
sound – and it often comes
across with a humorous
effect – much to the delight
of gazette readers

for example in a headline
about a recent court case that
finally came to court after a
long delayed wait mickey the
malaprop editor penned this
defendant cites
statue of limitations

in another headline