Reading between the words

Does this question look  weird to you? Between “look” and “weird,” there are two spaces instead of one. See it? Depending upon how closely you have been reading this post, the superfluous keystroke can be completely jarring — or your eyes may have slid right past it. But for a
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But you’re an English major!

I received a text from a friend a few days ago that read, “IVE STARTED SAYING PLEATHE….. U HAVE RUINED ME.” A self-satisfied cackle escaped my mouth as I typed back immediately, “PLEATHE omg my child :’) this is my tru legacy.” Pleathe, a word that I once used sparingly
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No more neglect

I don’t like to think of myself as the type to aggressively correct grammatical errors in someone’s speech. After all, I’m equally culpable of an excessive reliance on “like,” and the number of times I’ve ended my sentences with “um, so, yeah” is too high for me to count. The
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Facing the intellectual labor together

I’ve always found the idea of discussion to be at the very core of any thoughtful, intellectual endeavor. I would hazard to say that just about every humanities course at UC Berkeley — and, for that matter, just about every course at UC Berkeley in general — relies on discussion
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Top 5 most annoying grammar mistakes

Of all the grammar mistakes that riddle the world, several stand out as particularly exasperating. These grammatical grievances, markedly acute due to a combination of frequency and blatancy, overshadow society and jeopardize the sanity of copy editors.
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On prepositions

Let’s be honest: Prepositions are perplexing. As the words that describe the relationship between other words in a sentence, prepositions are oftentimes regarded as the underbelly of the simple sentence, the godless glue that holds the otherwise thankless words in their proximity from the looming brink of irrelevance.
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A healthy appetite for grammar

When was the last time you heard someone use the word “healthful” in everyday conversation? The correct answer should be: “I don’t pay attention to random shit like that, so I’m really not sure.” But fortunately for you, I do notice these types of grammar patterns, so I can confidently
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Ordering your adjectives

Word order matters. Most people don’t think about it, but there is usually a specific order adjectives must appear in. For example, “the brown old big house” just doesn’t have the right ring — “the big old brown house” sounds much better. So what exactly is the rule for ordering
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From a humbled copy editor

I have a confession. I almost emailed a GSI improperly using “your” in place of “you’re.” Similar to the distinction between “there,” “their” and “they’re,” the difference between these words’ usage is remarkable, yet many people often misuse them. Thankfully, I caught my error before sending the email. I then
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