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62 Grammar Memes And Jokes From 2019

Oh, you like the Oxford comma? Name every instance it’s resolved ambiguity.

Posted on December 27, 2019, at 2:25 p.m. ET

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this ad is one comma away from truly grasping the millennial mindset

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It's certainly a big day for Nancy Pecongresscongress Today Todaylosi

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People's attempts to spell "Gyllenhaal", as a Sankey diagram. Success rate ≈ 20%

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We really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really need you to capitalize the F in BuzzFeed

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"X is a made up word." Please, tell me more about the all natural words that grew on the word bushes and were harvested by the word farmers in bushels and sent to the word market.

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You’re throwing an *Oscars* party, not an *Oscar* party, and also why won’t anyone invite me

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...Is "yeeted" the past tense of "yeet"?

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“How many times did you use an em dash in this story?”

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people after I start editing in AP style: are you ok? me: yeah, I'm fine :) my headphones: Oxford Comma – Vampire Weeknd 2:45 ━━━━━━❍── 3:16 ↻ ⊲ Ⅱ ⊳ ↺ volume: ▁▂▃▄▅▆▇ 100%

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what is this punctuation what does this mean

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my therapist: so how depressed would you say you’ve been feeling lately? me: well i've been using more commas and semicolons than em dashes my therapist [scribbling notes]: holy shit

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the only fan edit of captain marvel i want is someone adding a comma on the “thank you stan” opening card

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Oh, you like the Oxford comma? Name every instance it's resolved ambiguity.

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me adding more em dashes vs. my editor taking them out

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Love the new Star Wars trailer. Cried at the title. The placement of the “The” is genius.

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The #MuellerReport is indeed a national disgrace. By which of course I mean the double spaces after the periods.

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Us at the beginning of the decade: Hmm, maybe we could lowercase "Internet"? us at the end of the decade: all capitalization is meaningless unless you're entering a password

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My extremely cool and patient middle-of-the-night copy editor, who has never seen GoT, keeps changing “direwolf” to “dire wolf” and I never want to tell her because I like having her think that I keep using the same weird adjective when describing wolves.

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cultural impact: █    █  █  █  _ the em dash every other punctuation mark

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I have used two tiny dashes in the copy I just turned in and which You will have to turn into an em dash Forgive me it was way easier and I literally cannot for the life of me ever, ever remember how make an em dash

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Can’t believe they arrested two puppies https://t.co/9RnOryp5MS

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guys i managed to start a discussion about grammar in the NBA subreddit

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flight attendant: is there a doctor on board? dad: *nudge* could’ve been you copy editor: *sigh* flight attendant: we need someone to explain dangling modifiers dad: what? copy editor: see!!!

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keys to being a good editor - jump in the writer’s google doc and rapidly highlight arbitrary pieces of text while they’re writing - go to the top of the doc while they’re trying to type and just go to town on backspace/enter - comment “?” on every 35th word no matter what it is

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live footage of me removing unnecessary commas

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No copy editor has all three: • an understanding of the proofreading marks • no typos in their emails • a laissez-faire attitude about the Oxford comma

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Me, writing an email: I'm using an exclamation point so you know I'm friendly and excited! But now I'm using a period so that you know I'm not crazy. Here's another sentence with a period as a buffer, proving my normalness. Thanks so much!

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people using hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes interchangeably

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Finally, an alignment chart all writers can agree on.

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Hi, I'm a BuzzFeed copy editor. You might know me from some of my greatest hits like "the 'f' is capitalized," "use the singular they," "pleaded not pled," and "Jay-Z is hyphenated (again)." https://t.co/c6vl60D8Ec

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"Hospitals named after sandwiches kill five."

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I keep parsing this heading as a poetic description of what happens in quantum physics.

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hyphen - easy to miss - entry-level punctuation - unremarkable en dash - easy on the eyes - bridges divides - galactic flex

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copy editors explaining the difference between hyphens and en dashes: anyone else:

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Let's face it, commas are troublesome

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Some of y’all didn’t edit your friends’ essays for free in high school and it shows.

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Please, debate, etc: is the plural of starburst

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your writing before and after copyediting

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petition to start calling copyediting a vibe check

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Thinking, as I often do, about the time Yahoo News thought "Zooey Deschanel divorces Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard" meant she had left a man named Death Cab to pursue a relationship with the lead singer of the band Cutie

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I just took a D N A test T U R N S out Im a h u n d r e d PER cent not going to use the % sign as AP style now suggests

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Stop talking shit about punctuation em dashes are VERSATILE commas are COMPLEX colons are ICONIC semicolons periods are ESSENTIAL

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Thinking about how Baby Yoda's name is actually "the Child" but we've all collectively renamed him, and usage is really what matters at the end of the day, right?

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Quick punctuation lesson: Hyphen (-): connects two words En-dash (–): indicates a range, e.g. 2–8 Em-dash (—): Ahhh, you seek to understand its ways, weary traveler. Nay, behold! This dash provides to you whichever function you most require. You need only listen as it whispers…

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the signs as punctuation: Aries ! Taurus . Gemini " Cancer , Leo () Virgo ~ Libra — Scorpio ' Sagittarius : Capricorn / Aquarius ? Pisces -

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Okay, folks. Here's a thing that no one asked for but that I think we all need: the style guide alignment chart.

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WRITER: The Wizard Of Oz EDITOR: Oz’s Wizard

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TFW you change "chairman" to "chair," "fireman" to "firefighter," "spokesman" to "spokesperson," etc.:

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