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Capitalization matters!
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:34:31 AM »

We need Inigo Montoya to tell CNN this headline does not say what they think it does.

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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2018, 12:18:47 PM »

My favorite example is still "helping your Uncle Jack off a horse" vs. "helping your uncle jack off a horse."

Also, maybe "hummer" is an acceptable use of the term in the military, as "jeep" was once upon a time.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2018, 03:34:32 PM »

If LeBron could afford a Hummer while he was in high school, someone was running seriously afoul of amateurism guidelines. I thought he was a poor kid who got rich by going straight to the NBA.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2018, 03:35:51 PM »

I wonder if Elon Musk doesn't respect the Securities and Exchanges Commission or the Southeastern Conference.  Or both.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2018, 03:50:44 PM »

My favorite example of this:

https://www.acornonline.com/HN3281.html
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2018, 04:14:38 PM »

If I'm reading a news article and I come to an obvious capitalization, grammar, or punctuation error, then I immediately lose respect for the author and interest in learning his or her side of the issue.  I figure that, if you expect me to respect you as a competent and intelligent source of information, then you should either...
 (a) know how the printed English language works, or
 (b) hire an editor who does.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2018, 04:16:36 PM »

My favorite example of this

Now we've moved to the topic of punctuation instead of capitalization, but my favorite is...

A woman without her man is nothing.
A woman:  without her, man is nothing.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2018, 04:22:30 PM »

Meanwhile, capitalization of Apple inc. exceeded $1 trillion at some point...
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2018, 04:53:57 PM »

If I'm reading a news article and I come to an obvious capitalization, grammar, or punctuation error, then I immediately lose respect for the author and interest in learning his or her side of the issue.  I figure that, if you expect me to respect you as a competent and intelligent source of information, then you should either...
 (a) know how the printed English language works, or
 (b) hire an editor who does.

I've often wondered if anyone at the newspaper actually reads their newspaper before the print it.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2018, 05:17:01 PM »

If I'm reading a news article and I come to an obvious capitalization, grammar, or punctuation error, then I immediately lose respect for the author and interest in learning his or her side of the issue.  I figure that, if you expect me to respect you as a competent and intelligent source of information, then you should either...
 (a) know how the printed English language works, or
 (b) hire an editor who does.

I've often wondered if anyone at the newspaper actually reads their newspaper before the print it.

Apparently not.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2018, 05:30:42 PM »

If I'm reading a news article and I come to an obvious capitalization, grammar, or punctuation error, then I immediately lose respect for the author and interest in learning his or her side of the issue.  I figure that, if you expect me to respect you as a competent and intelligent source of information, then you should either...
 (a) know how the printed English language works, or
 (b) hire an editor who does.

I've often wondered if anyone at the newspaper actually reads their newspaper before the print it.

Apparently not.
It helps to re-read the post AFTER hitting "submit" button.
We do have an edit option here..
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2018, 05:33:40 PM »

My favorite example of this

Now we've moved to the topic of punctuation instead of capitalization, but my favorite is...

A woman without her man is nothing.
A woman:  without her, man is nothing.
There's a few good examples of when the Oxford comma can be useful.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2018, 05:38:31 PM »

If I'm reading a news article and I come to an obvious capitalization, grammar, or punctuation error, then I immediately lose respect for the author and interest in learning his or her side of the issue.  I figure that, if you expect me to respect you as a competent and intelligent source of information, then you should either...
 (a) know how the printed English language works, or
 (b) hire an editor who does.

I've often wondered if anyone at the newspaper actually reads their newspaper before the print it.

Apparently not.

When we are paid to post in threads, then we can nitpick each other. Unless I forgot to check one of the lesser-known options during the registration process...

Anyhow, don't think too hard about the average free article you find on the internet. They probably churned it out to receive $5, spent an hour typing it, an "editor" checked to make sure it didn't say "GODZILLA'S TITS LEAK PEPSI", there wasn't anyone naked in the images, and then they all moved onto the next task.
« Last Edit: December 10, 2018, 09:15:54 PM by formulanone »
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2018, 05:57:26 PM »

Anyhow, don't think too hard about the average free article you find on the internet. They probably churned it out to receive $5, spent an hour typing it, an "editor" checked to make sure it didn't say "GODZILLA'S TITS LEAK PEPSI" there wasn't anyone naked in the images, and then they all moved onto the next task.
An hour spent on an $5 article? You're optimistic...
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2018, 06:09:20 PM »

If I'm reading a news article and I come to an obvious capitalization, grammar, or punctuation error, then I immediately lose respect for the author and interest in learning his or her side of the issue.  I figure that, if you expect me to respect you as a competent and intelligent source of information, then you should either...
 (a) know how the printed English language works, or
 (b) hire an editor who does.

I've often wondered if anyone at the newspaper actually reads their newspaper before the print it.

Apparently not.
It helps to re-read the post AFTER hitting "submit" button.
We do have an edit option here..
I can't make you believe I meant to do that, can I?    :hmmm:
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2018, 06:17:08 PM »

wHO sAYS cAPITALIZATION dOESN'T mATTER?

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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2018, 07:22:46 PM »



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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2018, 07:35:27 PM »

Anyhow, don't think too hard about the average free article you find on the internet. They probably churned it out to receive $5, spent an hour typing it, an "editor" checked to make sure it didn't say "GODZILLA'S TITS LEAK PEPSI", there wasn't anyone naked in the images, and then they all moved onto the next task.
An hour spent on an $5 article? You're optimistic...

I'm sorry, I don't have the Manual of Half-Assed News Articles in front of me.

What's the going rate? Probably crap per hour, like most work-from-home jobs. Or would they spend 10 minutes on it because they're making too much money to waste time on it? I know there's professional and semi-pro writers who make a good living, or write out stuff in between other lines of work, and many others who probably spam out news outlets with some real crud, because the Epsilon-educated audience doesn't care.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2018, 07:53:36 PM »

If I'm reading a news article and I come to an obvious capitalization, grammar, or punctuation error, then I immediately lose respect for the author and interest in learning his or her side of the issue.  I figure that, if you expect me to respect you as a competent and intelligent source of information, then you should either...
 (a) know how the printed English language works, or
 (b) hire an editor who does.

I've often wondered if anyone at the newspaper actually reads their newspaper before the print it.

Apparently not.

When we are paid to post in threads, then we can nitpick each other. Unless I forgot to check one of the lesser-known options during the registration process...

This.

A casual web forum is not a national news outlet.



There's a few good examples of when the Oxford comma can be useful.

I am a firm believer in the Oxford comma.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2018, 08:25:01 PM »

I too am a firm believer in and practitioner of the Oxford comma.

Because I'm in the payroll profession, this is my favorite example:  The lack of an Oxford comma in a section of Maine labor law led to a circuit court's decision as to whether drivers delivering perishable foods are exempt from overtime pay.

http://loweringthebar.net/2017/03/the-oxford-comma-use-it.html
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2018, 08:30:53 PM »

I too am a firm believer in and practitioner of the Oxford comma.

Because I'm in the payroll profession, this is my favorite example:  The lack of an Oxford comma in a section of Maine labor law led to a circuit court's decision as to whether drivers delivering perishable foods are exempt from overtime pay.

http://loweringthebar.net/2017/03/the-oxford-comma-use-it.html


I think you posted that site two weeks ago (different article), and I confess I've spent far too much time enjoying it! :D

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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #21 on: December 10, 2018, 08:48:53 PM »

I wonder if Elon Musk doesn't respect the Securities and Exchanges Commission or the Southeastern Conference.  Or both.

Elon hasn't even played an SEC team since 2011, which sounds like pretty clear disrespect to me.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2018, 10:49:39 PM »

My favorite example of this

Now we've moved to the topic of punctuation instead of capitalization, but my favorite is...

A woman without her man is nothing.
A woman:  without her, man is nothing.

Lionel Hutz
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No money down

Oh, sorry, they left off the punctuation.

Lionel Hutz
Works on contingency?
No, money down!



It's one of the more cromulent examples of the importance of punctuation.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2018, 07:42:26 AM »

I am a firm believer in the Oxford comma.
We’ve used the same graphic designer for our birth announcements and Christmas cards. Both times, I’ve sent her text that includes an Oxford comma, and both times, she’s returned a proof without an Oxford comma. Must be a design thing.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2018, 08:17:33 AM »

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