On not agreeing to disagree

OK, I’ve given The Washington Post a month to correct this error, obsessively tracking this page (clearly, I have too much time on my hands). They still haven’t fixed it, so I reserve the right to be snarky about it. Subject-verb agreement is one of those basic grammatical tenets of
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An infectious error

Now, I’m sure a lot of us have wondered, at some point, why words with an ‘F’ sound are spelled with a ‘ph’ instead. I suppose it wouldn’t be unreasonable for an uninformed individual to use an ‘F’ where there should be a ‘P’ and an ‘H’ in its place,
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A tale of courthouse intrigue

I solved a very strange mystery recently, but intrigue remains. The other day, I captioned a photo that we published with an article on Daniel Dewitt’s postponed trial in print. It read, “At the court proceedings, which took place at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse, the trial was delayed for
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The Rhode to hell is paved with good intentions…

… and awful misspellings. It’s true: No one is infallible. According to the Washington Post, a release was published stating Joe Biden’s campaigning plans for this week, including a trip to Rhode Island, which the White House mistakenly spelled “R-O-A-D.” The White House corrected the gaffe in a later version.
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In defense of the Oxford comma

Style rules dictate that an Oxford comma be omitted in a serial list. Off the job, my personal preferences dictate otherwise. This is a hilarious example of why:  

Some maintenance required

One can only hope that our friends to the south intend to include a significant copy editing session in their maintenance. To begin, Presidents Day comprises only a single day of this weekend — perhaps the curious duplication above represents every student’s wish for another day of relaxation, but more
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An error of record

It looks like even the usually excellent daily hailed as the Newspaper of Record could benefit from greater care in copy editing on occasion: And again: Note: I have to commend the New York Times’ copy staff — prior to my finishing this post, both errors were already corrected.

An everyday error

For future reference: Everyday is an adjective used to describe something that is common or ordinary. For example, a casual outfit is an everyday outfit. Every day is an adjective and a noun, meaning “each day.” For example, Berkeley students should use proper grammar every day.

Ten items or fewer!

Here is a sign from Target showing the common mistake of “10 items or less” signs. Why? The number of items is countable, which we are given as 10; thus, the sign should read “10 items or fewer.”