Here are a few phrases that have brightened up life in the Engine Room over the past few days – all from our charges, who never seem to notice that JD and I have made any changes to their prose. Which is as it should be, of course… I mean, why should a sub (or copy editor) mind that we do the work and they get the awards? At least it's never made me bitter.
"it is, so far, the first of its kind"
"imminent in the near future"
"orders were worth nearly £12.7bn in value"
"registrations are up by 76% year on year compared with last year"
"the plight of a midlands company hangs in the balance"