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If you think it’s fun correcting your friends and colleagues—telling them, say, that they’ve got more dangling modifiers than a millipede has legs—you’re right. But there’s more to the joy of being a copy editor. (It’s also got something to do with writing memos headed “Your stories. My ass on the line.”) A good copy editor—especially one as persnickety as the Atlantic Monthly’s Barbara Wallraff—really cares about things like whether her publication uses “Hapsburg” or “Habsburg.” And she likes it when others care, too. Wallraff has parlayed her expertise into the presiding position on the bench of Atlantic’s highly respected “Word Court”; the column is so popular that she’s now written a book, Word Court: Wherein Verbal Virtue Is Rewarded, Crimes Against Language Are Punished, and Poetic Justice Is Done, which she discusses and signs at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227. (Caroline Schweiter)