Contrived contrition

I’ve never been good at apologies. Especially when an apology implies a fault or mistake of mine in a subject I hold dear to my heart, it is by far more appealing to me to simply condemn my vocal cords to eternal disuse rather than eke out the pitiful phrase,
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Capitalizing on the government shutdown

As the effects of the government shutdown surround us and remind us how truly frustrating American politics can be, I thought it would be a good time to bring up an error often seen in discussions of politics: the difference between “capital” and “capitol.” The oft-mistaken “capital” and “capitol” are
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Capital offenses

Can we just agree that capitalization, like the rest of English grammar, is a fickle mistress? Yes? Good. To list things we should capitalize would be almost as complex as naming past participles (see my rant on this subject, as posted previously). Instead, I have compiled a partial list of
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‘Untied’ we stand …

Along with the challenging task of completing the required readings for 19 units of classes comes the utter joy of finding errors in works that (I assume) have been edited many times over by countless sets of eyes. I came across this erroneous — yet hilarious — misspelling of our
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‘Like’ this if you know the difference…

I have this theory that it’s just about impossible to scroll down one’s Facebook news feed for more than 30 seconds before encountering something that is either completely ridiculous or completely offensive. It must be my lucky day, seeing as I just found something that falls into both categories: I’ll
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Potty language

Some people who vandalize the bathroom stalls actually know what they’re talking about … and some don’t. Check out this “fowl” language from a Dwinelle bathroom and the notes trying to correct the mistake.

No competition

While UC Berkeley’s football team might not rival that of Stanford, its newspaper vastly outshines the miserable broadsheet our friends to the south unjustly call a news source. In a stunning feat of cooperation, The Daily Californian and The Stanford Daily produced a single special issue for Saturday’s Big Game.
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Breathe and let breath(e)

When I was first informed that my responsibilities as copy editor include producing content for the online copy blog, I was slightly taken aback. I have to actually write something? I signed up to sit at a computer and correct articles, not sit at a computer and write about correcting
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‘Definitely,’ maybe?

I’m definitely concerned about some individuals’ inability to spell. The word “definitely” in particular seems to be a problem for many of my peers. We’ve all seen it. Maybe it’s someone returning a text: “I’m definately coming with you!” Perhaps somebody just posted a Facebook status about how some current event is “defenitely not acceptable.” In
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