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TIPS FOR THE COPY DESK (AND OTHERS) No. 76

Posted by bbeene85 on April 21, 2010

(This is aimed mostly at items found in the Shreveport paper, bb)

MCNEILL Street as two L’s. (Wrong in two March 28 cutlines; April 18.)
COURTHOUSE is one word. (Wrong in a March 28 cutline.)
COMMAS go inside quote marks. Wrong here: ‘the CW network’s launch of “High Society”, “Fly Girls” and cycle 14 of….’ (AP cutline, March 24.)
ALUMNA is the word for a female graduate. ALUMNUS is the male. Wrong in a column by a woman: “As a music education alumnus of Centenary College….” (March 16)
FLOUTED was the wrong word here: “…flouted a tattoo of President Hugh Chavez on his chest.” FLAUNT is the word for showing off, making an ostentatious display. Flout means to show contempt for: He flouts the law. (April 20)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS is not capitalized. (April 9)
FLAK is the word for a barrage of criticism (or anti-aircraft fire). Wrong here: “Anyway you go, it’s going to be flack.” (April 14.) A FLACK is a press agent.
OVERSEE is the word for keeping watch over. OVERSEAS means across the sea. Wrong here: “For now, Carroll overseas the sixth-grade teachers.” (April 14)
SMOKEY BEAR, not Smokey the Bear, is the symbol of the U.S. Forest Service. (Lopresti column, April 12.)
WHOSE is the possessive pronoun. WHO’S is the contraction for who is. Wrong here: “O’Pry, who’s sister was a victim of domestic violence….” (April 10)
Laz 4.21.10

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