It’s not just athletes or mice in a maze whose performance is enhanced by a jolt of java.

The latest studies have shown that we desk jockeys can put away our reading glasses and benefit from a cuppa as well. Apparently, getting mildly caffeinated (200 to 400 mg) before proofreading your reports and e-mails will help release your verb tension (my specialty, obscure puns) and improve your ability to spot errors in subject-verb agreement and proper use of tenses.

Oddly, though, you’ll still have to use your spellchecker, since spotting misspelled words isn’t affected, nor is citing…er…siting (pardon me while I take another sip of my latte) sighting homophones. Let’s all stand and do the Brain Wave now that we’re perked up (sorry, I can’t help milking it).