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to be fair, the crepes were excellent

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There is nothing I love more than a typo on a menu (unless perhaps it's a malapropism), and today I have an absolute corker of a typo to share with you, one of those instances where the error results in a phrase so sublime… well, to be honest, I start laughing and lose the capacity […]

it's all about the whimsy

felicitous moments

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one: At work on Friday, during fraud and ethics awareness training, I discovered an amusing editing artefact in the Code of Conduct. Apparently, all employees "must treat everyone with respect and with harassment." Now that, my friends, is one hell of a code of conduct. Licence for polite savagery: issued. I don't care what the […]

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and this isn't even high-density living

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Lately, all my mornings start the same way: I lay in bed, listening to the sound of my neighbour throwing up. First time it happened was a weekend, and I wondered (not without some satisfaction) whether it was him, suffering the after-effects of too much alcohol. But it's been going on for over a month […]

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re-known

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What is it about cafes? Are they pathologically incapable of hiring staff who can spell? I've stopped counting the crimes against apostrophes (its/it's usually takes a real beating in a cafe menu), but this one was new to me:

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because commas count, kids

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Dear coffee shop next door to where I work: May I suggest you examine the (lack of a) comma on your sign? I'm not going to harass you over the issue of the serial comma: it's something only writers and editors quibble about, after all. But if you want a list, then please use a […]