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.”

If ‘your’ going to be grammatically incorrect…

My biggest pet peeve is, without a doubt, when people fail to use “your” and “you’re” correctly. So this weekend, as I was aimlessly scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard, I came across this supposedly-contemplative picture, but I could not take it seriously because I was too astounded at how such
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An exasperating problem

During my political science discussion section today, we spent some time analyzing the effects of Col. Gaddafi’s recent death, with an emphasis on the future of Libya. One of my colleagues argued that a flare in tribal tensions is inevitable, as managing factional relationships was undeniably one of the former
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CNN interview misspells BCR president’s name

The president of Berkeley College Republicans Shawn Lewis has been the center of debate regarding the club’s upcoming “Increase Diversity Bake Sale.” Looks like CNN interviewed the wrong ShaUn Lewis…  

Do photographers need copy editors?

    The answer is yes.   Despite the fact that we work with words and they work with images, every once in a while, even Daily Cal photographers need a good copy edit.        

Chancellor BirgeNO?

Before this Huffington Post article was posted, perhaps someone should have checked for accurate spelling of Chancellor Robert “Birjeneau…” The group had planned the conference in that particular location because it was in front of the UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birjeneau’s office. Birjeneau came out and informed the activists that
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For the safety of children and illiterates…

A common misconception is that because the word “inflammable” allegedly contains the prefix “in-,” it means the object it describes exhibits resistance to fire. Indeed, the infamous non-word “flammable” was invented primarily as a result of this unfortunately widespread impression, and one rarely sees “inflammable” used at all anymore. Inflammable’s
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British vs. American Grammar

Hello there! I have just landed back in the States after studying in London this summer.  While there, I took a particular interest in the differences between British and American grammar. Here are some I encountered:                     – Baggage REclaim? In
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Dan Quayle Lives!

Well, in reality, every copy editor’s favorite vice president never died, but the menu excerpt that appears below would make him proud: