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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2018, 08:21:42 AM »



I can't figure out what that's actually supposed to mean.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2018, 08:31:38 AM »



I can't figure out what that's actually supposed to mean.

“Roles.” She’s an actress. “Life, and her roles, get better with age.”
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #27 on: December 11, 2018, 09:09:25 AM »



I can't figure out what that's actually supposed to mean.

“Roles.” She’s an actress. “Life, and her roles, get better with age.”
So it’s just a typo, then.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #28 on: December 11, 2018, 09:38:13 AM »



I can't figure out what that's actually supposed to mean.

“Roles.” She’s an actress. “Life, and her roles, get better with age.”
So it’s just a typo, then.

But a funny typo.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2018, 10:49:15 AM »



Getting back to the original topic, it seems the editor of that paper needs a lesson in proper title case. No capitalized conjunctions or prepositions, etc.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2018, 10:51:49 AM »

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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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.

Lets eat Grandma.   :-o
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2018, 11:55:38 AM »

When you're a small-town newspaper, it's easy to let errors slip through, especially if you don't have a lot of eyes looking at your stuff and the editor is also a writer. You can read and re-read and re-re-read your own stuff and miss stuff that becomes readily apparent as soon as you see it in print. At the paper I edited for eight years, we had an eagle-eyed proofreader (the publisher's father) who could catch even the tiniest of errors. When he died, I'm not ashamed to say the quality of the printed product went down because stuff would slip through that he would otherwise have caught (such as the time I misspelled the proper name "Burgher" as "Burger" in the jump head of an obituary.)

I've been alarmed, though, at the number of errors I'm spotting in big news outlets. Not only punctuation, spelling, and capitalization, but basic grammar and other errors such as extraneous words that don't belong.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2018, 12:21:16 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.

Among those interviewed were Merle Haggard's two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2018, 01:33:34 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.

Among those interviewed were Merle Haggard's two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall.

Interesting set of ex-wives.

/this is why the Oxford comma is very important, IMHO.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2018, 02:24:28 PM »

There's an old joke that I don't completely remember with a punchline "eats shoots and leaves" that involves strategic placement of the comma, but I can't recall the entire thing. It compares a herbivore to a man in a one-night stand, I think.
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« Reply #35 on: December 11, 2018, 03:03:15 PM »

There's an old joke that I don't completely remember with a punchline "eats shoots and leaves" that involves strategic placement of the comma, but I can't recall the entire thing. It compares a herbivore to a man in a one-night stand, I think.

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.

"Why?" asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"Well, I'm a panda," he says. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. "Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2018, 03:07:19 PM »

There's an old joke that I don't completely remember with a punchline "eats shoots and leaves" that involves strategic placement of the comma, but I can't recall the entire thing. It compares a herbivore to a man in a one-night stand, I think.
It's about a koala bear that refuses to pay a prostitute for services rendered.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2018, 07:59:45 AM »

Yes, I know!  :ded:
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #38 on: December 20, 2018, 08:57:58 AM »

There's an old joke that I don't completely remember with a punchline "eats shoots and leaves" that involves strategic placement of the comma, but I can't recall the entire thing. It compares a herbivore to a man in a one-night stand, I think.

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.

"Why?" asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"Well, I'm a panda," he says. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. "Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

I never did like that whole "don't use a comma before the 'and'" rule.
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Re: Capitalization matters!
« Reply #39 on: December 20, 2018, 09:06:58 AM »

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.

As I understand it, knowing he was going to make megabucks within a year, his mother somehow got a loan of $50K for it, circumventing the rules. This story elaborates, https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/hummer-that-got-lebron-james-investigated-in-high-school-is-up-for-auction-again/
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