The Man Whose Wikipedia Edits Consist Mostly Of Deleting 'Comprised Of'

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By Sean Buckley

How far would you go to correct your pet peeve? Would you you create a computer program just to find it? Would you build a weekly, scheduled habit around curating those results? Would you, ultimately, manually edit tens of thousands of Wikipedia articles to obliterate that pet peeve from the face of the internet? One man has, and he's my hero.

Medium has a great profile of Grammar Crusader In-Chief Bryan Henderson: by day, a mortal 51-year-old software engineer; but for an hour every Sunday, he's a Wikipedia editor dedicated to the internet-wide extermination of the phrase "comprised of".

"It's not grammatical," he says. "It's not English at all."

He's been debated on that before -- it is in a few dictionaries -- but argues in a lengthy, 6,000-word essay that the phrase is a new, accidental combination of "composed of" and "consists of". The essay is a pretty good read in of itself, but if you want to know more about the man himself and his grammatical obsession, check out Medium. It's also a hell of a read. [Medium]