Word search: How a copy editor thinks

We work very fast these days with diminished resources, and sometimes my word nerd proclivities have to wait until I am off deadline. Lucky for me, I have shelves filled with dictionaries and usage books at home. I can indulge my need to know more about English when I am not on deadline.

I was editing a book review Monday that had this sentence in it.

In the end, however, one cannot escape the feeling that much of this is irrelevant

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