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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | February 11, 2009
I?m at war with another copy editor, but she just doesn?t know it. Our battles go like this: Every time I copy edit an article that uses the word ?like? to mean ?such as,? I leave it alone. For example, ?Bob enjoys games like Scrabble and Uno.? But any time my foe does a final proofread on one of these articles, she changes every one of these ?likes? to ?such as.? The reason: Grammar myths die hard ? even among journalism pros who are supposed to rely on sources and not their own judgment.
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By Patrick Caneday | January 2, 2010
Forget your old acquaintances, as the song goes, and pay them no mind. Or at least that’s what I thought “Auld Lang Syne” meant when I was in the fourth grade. When I announced this opinion on the “should auld acquaintance be forgot” line to the class during a lesson about the song, my teacher straightened me out with a confused look and quickly moved on to the smarter, more musically gifted children in class. The first time, but oddly not the last, that I would be put in my place by a woman playing the autoharp.
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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | February 11, 2009
I?m at war with another copy editor, but she just doesn?t know it. Our battles go like this: Every time I copy edit an article that uses the word ?like? to mean ?such as,? I leave it alone. For example, ?Bob enjoys games like Scrabble and Uno.? But any time my foe does a final proofread on one of these articles, she changes every one of these ?likes? to ?such as.? The reason: Grammar myths die hard ? even among journalism pros who are supposed to rely on sources and not their own judgment.
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