Oxford comma innuendos

Ever since I began as a copy editor at the Daily Cal, I’ve had a conflicted relationship with the Oxford comma. It has always made sense to me to separate every term in a series; otherwise, how would the reader know the last didn’t have to do with the previous?
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Graffiti and morals

For a while now, I’ve had a strange fascination with the graffiti messages people write. Some are blatantly comical to the point of ridiculousness, while others are angsty confessions of unrequited love or hopeless questions of identity. Occasionally, I stumble upon nuggets of wisdom: It’s an inspiring statement. It’s genuinely
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And now for a message from our ‘presesident’

Vishalli Loomba, our esteemed ASUC president, sent out a campuswide email recently and signed it like this: With ASUC elections coming up, we’d better hope that the next leader of our student government can spell his or her own title correctly!

Not so fast, Yahoo!

Here’s a funny news clip posted a few weeks ago about Rick Santorum.  Time will tell if the headline writer should get a job as a fortune teller.

‘Argumenably’ a serious mistake

Quick background: There’s a programming language is called Lisp. Scheme is a dialect of Lisp made in the ’70s. When you type something into Scheme that causes an error, it might say “error: no argument” or something like that. Well, that’s what it should do…as in: Although, instead it might
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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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