‘Dewey defeats Truman': why headlines matter

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In honor of Presidents Day weekend, I’m going to blog about my favorite president: Harry Truman. Harry Truman was a stand-up guy. He grew up working on his parents’ farm, he served in World War I, he was a judge, he was a U.S. senator, he was vice president of Read More…

A hella annoying expression

Recently, I was asked if, as a Bay Area native, I liked to use the word “hella.” I replied with an emphatic negative. My friends laughingly responded that they could never imagine me using the word, apparently deeming my vocabulary too conservative for such an expression. Little did they know, Read More…

I could care less about grammar

Here at the copy desk, I’m confident we can all count ourselves among the ranks of the world’s grammar enthusiasts. Nothing rustles my jimmies quite like seeing a misused “there,” “their” or “they’re.” And whenever someone writes “could of” when they really mean “could have,” I cringe so hard that Read More…

The importance of proofreading

After contemplating, outlining and writing an essay or organizing and formatting your resume, the last thing you want to do is start from the beginning and proofread the entire document for silly typos. You think to yourself, “It’s fine, I didn’t mistype ‘public’ or leave strange letters stranded between words.” Read More…

A whole new word

What do you get when you mix an international student from China and a copy editor at The Daily Californian? You get my room, a strange linguistic concoction that somehow works. My roommate, of course, is the international student. English isn’t her first language, so she’s prone to many a Read More…

Who cares about the Oxford comma?

The Oxford comma. Not just the title of a Vampire Weekend song, it’s the pesky piece of extraneous grammar that sits before the conjunction in a list. For example, in the phrase “apples, oranges, and bananas,” the Oxford comma is the comma preceding “and.” But is it necessary? While some Read More…

Pluralizing with apostrophe’s

Perhaps you read the title of this article and asked yourself, “This person is a copy editor?” Or maybe you thought, “The apostrophe’s what? What does it possess? Where is the noun?” Story of my life. Sure, we always point out improper uses of “your” and “their,” but those debates — though Read More…

Who says blondes have more fun?

I was on a ski trip recently with a friend and her family when her mother got a call about a recent break-in at their house. Maybe it was the shock that caused her father to utter these words, but as soon as he said, “Oh no, a robbery!” the Read More…

Apostrophes: pesky little critters

Autocorrect has gotten too confident in its abilities, and I do not like it one bit. Its greatest crime? When it changes my “its” to “it’s” or “were” to “we’re.” Sure, I can’t expect my phone to read my mind and know which one I’m trying to use, so I’ll Read More…