Between the words I think and the words you read, there are several stages of editing. The first takes place within my brain. The last, at the hands of a copy editor [hah! - Ed]. In both cases, this is a good thing.
But sometimes, a great line gets pulled that I don’t think should have been cut.
So here, for your perusal, are some choice lines of mine, from various articles, someone deemed unworthy for mass consumption.
- These speakers have the charisma of a wet sock.
- It creates a hum that will be familiar to those who've suffered recent concussions.
- I question if the designers have ever used a similar product, or indeed, any product.
- The fan noise alone was enough to induce nausea and, in some, perhaps bed-wetting.
- They have the finesse of a PA speaker, minus the utility.
- This press conference is like a baby on fire, only less funny.
- An enjoyable product when left in its box.
- I've heard better sound from an iPhone speaker on a subway.
- These headphones have a level of comfort Dick Cheney would have found unconstitutional.
- Parts were falling off like it was a leper in a wind tunnel.
- This TV makes Taylor Swift look like an alien bobble head. In other words, highly accurate and lifelike.
- Lighting it on fire would have improved its aesthetics. And it's smell.
- Mounting a TV above a fireplace is a solution best left for masochists and those with recent head trauma.
- I made a mental list of everything I’d rather be doing. It started with dry heaving.
- The marketing assault could have just said “Sure we're kicking you in the nuts, but you'll like it after a while.”
- His response had all the wit of a bludgeoned seal.
- It’s the type of speaker that guarantees your wife will scream “I want to have sex!” as she leaves with your car.
- The calibration menus were a labyrinthine maze of tortures, convincing me the only release would be self-defenestration.
- The price is marginally higher than the GDP of Kyrgyzstan, but that's OK because they'll all be able to see your screen from their houses.
- I questioned his logic not because it was flawed, but because I wasn't sure whether or not he was mentally ill.
- OK, but how often have you said, “well, that's the last time I stick that there.”
- He asked, “Why won't you try our product?” I replied, “Why won’t you make it not suck?”
On second thought, maybe leaving some of these out was a good idea.
Brent Butterworth and Geoff Morrison combine their years of gear testing and knowledge in one überblog of irreverence and techiness.
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