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6 Itty-Bitty Screw-Ups That Cost Millions To Fix | Cracked.com
An Oxford Comma Costs A Dairy Company $5 Million In Overtime Pay
Leaving out the last comma while listing three or more things can lead to disaster, which is why the internet's smartest, classiest, and most irresistibly sexy websites always include it. But this mistake isn't just a crime against grammar; it can also be a crime, period. For instance, in 2014, three delivery truck drivers for Oakhurst Dairy took a close look at Maine's overtime laws and realized they were being stiffed by their employer ... technically speaking. The letter (and comma) of the law stated that their bosses didn't have to pay them any overtime for the following activities:

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The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of: (1) Agricultural produce; (2) Meat and fish products; and (3) Perishable foods.

"Packing for shipment" and "distribution" were meant to be two separate activities, but the lack of an Oxford comma between them left that ambiguous. And since they're drivers, not packers-and-drivers, they argued that they were owed some serious overtime pay. Unleashing the full power of pedantry, they also argued that "distribution" clearly wasn't part of the list because all other activities were listed as gerunds ending in "-ing." We know a thing or two about lists and pedantry, and we have to agree.
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2 days ago by some_hren
Is guys a pronoun?
I am puzzled as to why anyone would consider guys a pronoun.
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4 days ago by M.Leddy
Future continuous | English Grammar | EF
(This site actually offers a pretty great explanation of when to use the future continuous tense—and potentially other tenses as well.)

“The future continuous refers to an unfinished action or event that will be in progress at a time later than now. The future continuous is used for quite a few different purposes.

“The future continuous can be used to project ourselves into the future.

“// Examples
“• This time next week I will be sun-bathing in Bali.
“• By Christmas I will be skiing like a pro.
“• Just think, next Monday you will be working in your new job.

“The future continuous can be used for predicting or guessing about future events.

“// Examples
“• He’ll be coming to the meeting, I expect.
“• I guess you’ll be feeling thirsty after working in the sun.
“• You’ll be missing the sunshine once you’re back in England.”
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5 days ago by handcoding
Opinion | The Whistle-Blower Knows How to Write - The New York Times
His complaint offers lessons on how to make a point.
I can’t tell you what’s going to happen to his blockbuster complaint about the president’s behavior, but I can tell you that the whistle-blower’s college writing instructor would be very proud of him.
As a writing instructor myself for 20 years, I look at the complaint and see a model of clear writing that offers important lessons for aspiring writers. Here are a few:
The whistle-blower gets right to the point.
We know right away what his purpose is and why we should care. He wastes no time on background or pleasantries before stating that he is writing to report “an ‘urgent’ concern.” And then he immediately states it:
“In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”
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7 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: The Whistle-Blower Knows How to Write
Jane Rosenzweig, writing for The New York Times:
I can’t tell you what’s going to happen to his blockbuster complaint about the president’s behavior, but I can tell you that the whistle-blower’s college writing instructor would be very proud of him.
As a writing instructor myself for 20 years, I look at the complaint and see a model of clear writing that offers important lessons for aspiring writers. Here are a few.
I thought the same thing reading the letter and its appendix — it’s a model of clarity and concision.
gov2.0  politics  whistleblower  writing  language  grammar 
7 days ago by rgl7194

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