Retired newsie Bob has this about copy editors:
Your rhetorical question as to whether the Trib has copy editors who walk over to the writer and ask if you had such-and-such in mind put a smile on my face remembering a Sun-Times copy writer who would walk over and start every consultation with the words, "Did you write this piece of shit?"
It always put me in a good mood because he asked every writer that question and you knew it was just unbiased copy desk irreverence for all writers.
But perhaps we live in different times and such a question would wind up before the EEOC.
I would say so. You have to watch what you say these days.