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Needless to say, I was quite amused by your answers—I think you all took it a bit more seriously than you should have. Lighten up! This job is supposed to entertain your inner Grammar Nazi, not make you worry about Ma’am Castro. I kid, I kid. Here are some of my answers, and my reactions to your own words. I won’t identify those who wrote them, but y’all know who you are. Note: have no truck with the expression “y’all” in yearbook editing. It’s too informal. I. 1. THE WORD “STUFFS” IS NOT ADMISSIBLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. You are a UP student. Read like one. “Stuff” on its own denotes a collective noun pertaining to objects which may or may not be similar—it’s the same as the word “junk”. Nobody says “junks”. 2. “We are to boldly go where no man has gone before” was previously unacceptable because of the split infinitive—the classic pet peeve of the traditionalist wherein modifiers split verb forms, leaving them a bit awkward to the ear at times. This would be “to boldly go”. However, this is now acceptable in formal English. How you feel about it is completely up to your aesthetic. It was a trick question. P.S. I hope you guys got the Star Trek reference. 3. As you can see in my answers above, I am very fond of the dash—I see it as the eager cousin of the semi-colon. The dash is often used to continue a particular train of thought by connecting two sentences to each other, and I use it primarily to work on the rhythm of the sentence. A little aside here: in the use of punctuation, it is often prudent to read your work aloud first, using the punctuation for the appropriate pauses and emphasis. What sounds awkward to the ear is often also awkward on the page—you just didn’t realize it because it could be grammatically correct. Pay attention to rhythm. Now imagine if I had eliminated those dashes and substituted them with periods. Not as breezy, no? 4. The verb form “sneaked” is the more formal past tense for “sneak”, and it was only in the twentieth century that “snuck” started making its appearance in the English language. I personally don’t mind—my rule (again) is if it sounds good, that’s what we go with. Sometimes “sneaked” sounds better and adds length to an unwieldy sentence. Sometimes “snuck” can be used for the sake of brevity. This is actually more of a lesson on choosing the appropriate verbs for the situation at hand. 5. Smileys, hearts and other symbols are appropriate to retain in testimonials that come in the form of creative work, such as poetry. However, in no shape or form shall it make itself present in the average write-up. Emoticons are for chat windows, not for your mom to read. Let them keep it on iDVD testimonials, should the team so choose to have them. Just don’t let them sully the dignity of the printed work—remember, the college gets a copy. Do you really want our profs to know that we tolerate four-leaf clovers and hearts in our material? II. This is my corrected form:
Hmm... Carmela? She's a crazy little sweetheart! I can talk to her for hours without getting bored! She's got this unique character, though you’ve got to learn a lot more about her. She is very caring and always there for you no matter what! She’s always there to bug you too, especially when she's bored!
It would be in poor form to quit over a dangling modifier. the stronger your grammar gut becomes. and see how you can apply them to the way you will work as an editor. and that’s what you learn there. It’s not a necessity. there were dozens that had to be heavily edited. Don’t be discouraged. your bebe. Internet English has a way of killing your written work. has a way of honing the editing process. You become used to deadlines and the idea of people reading your output. writer and editor. and even more for the UP student. I didn’t realize that so many people could be united by their hatred of those who shun the Oxford comma. be there for her. I’ve seen all the others you guys have made. but it is an advantage. HAHAHA AND ITS RELATIVES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. I go with my gut. watch the use of profanity. or while taking a shower (guilty as charged). Please be kind enough to admit that you don’t remember most of the grammar do’s and don’ts. and you also become critical of the work of other people. They can always have someone else market that shirt if you’re really. There’s always room for improvement. especially during her bad times! She's someone with whom you could share all your problems—just don’t expect a solution! She doesn’t care about jerks. but there is no excuse for sloppy editing. It doesn’t have to be Kafka. When in doubt. They do not cringe at the sight of the wrong modifier .One thing quite common for her is that she gets into all kinds of messes like her boyfriend issues. not mess. 3. Suffice it to say that I will give the less frequent readers a free pass on account of this complication. Hold the quality of the work as the highest priority. Your choices are heartwarming. and apart from the odd grammatical error or two (messes.. There are many reasons why people don’t read as many books as they should. or if the profane word can be ommitted altogether. Everything else you do for the board will be secondary. do so. 1. Your grammar reflex will be weak when the only stuff you read is on Facebook or Twitter. If an appropriate substitute can be found. whether for fiction. while waiting for the prof. and hates people who don’t keep their promise—fortunately excluding me. and my gut has eaten a lot of books. or how sentence restructuring can completely alter the tone and feel of a piece. Do take the time to read a book a week. Do look back on your own workshop experiences. I’m lucky to have her. whether it’s during your commute. 2. I don’t have much to quibble about. The more literature you read. III. If you want to win her heart. This is not the only error-riddled work I have edited. Reading encourages you to develop your aesthetic. This is just my version. really swamped. I hope none of you threw things at your laptop in sheer irritation. focusing on improving the work and not on deluding someone into thinking that it’s perfect the way it is. and our exposure to literature through academic requirements. Let’s face it: we’re CAL majors. non-fiction or poetry. -LOL. TROLOLOL. but consider how miserable and empty the lives of the grammar peeve-free are: they do not appreciate sentence clarity. There are always spare moments in every day for you to sift through a few pages. and our readings are enough to make us chuck our own leisure reading out the window sometimes. Be judicious when you edit. I know you’ve heard it all from people about your anal-retentiveness vis-à-vis the English language and its rules. for example). as a reader. because I don’t at all. Going through the workshop process. from simple things like tense consistency (something which irritated me for months on end) to the heavier stuff like paragraphs that needed major overhauls both for formatting and content. Does the smiley really contribute anything? Does the onomatopoeia make any of the sentences seem funnier? Furthermore. think of your creative writing professors and how they would edit the work. your friend. When working on your entry. She's a doll! Just be the way you are! -Evangil(ine).
(which probably lets them sleep better at night). otherwise some of your mischievous friends might use them against you. but they also don’t see the beauty of word choices. . and how the right adjective gives a sentence such music. Wear your pet peeves with (a little) pride—just not too visibly.
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