Hah! Call *me an English major : - D
Let me note for the record that whomever is in charge of WordPress usability might want to write a little more carefully: The "step by step guide" to which you very helpfully referred me, thank you again, contains a section worded exactly thus (note the use of the phrases "Copy the entire code" and "paste the code"):
Copy the entire code.
Leave the verification page open and go to your blog dashboard (in a new tab/window).
Open the Tools → Available Tools page and paste the code into the Google Webmaster Tools field under the Website Verification Services header.
It took a helpful and skilled user (you) to tell me "Note, you aren't going to paste all the code. How much harder would it have been to present the code using gray and bold, with the bold type being what the user should copy and paste. The instructions would be something like:
"You'll see a line of code:
Example: <meta name="google-site-verification" content="blahblahblahblahblah" />
Copy only the characters shown in boldtype, and paste them . . . "
This would help the learner know which characters to copy, though nothing will help him/her overcome instructions that are incorrect (the infamous "copy the entire code").