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May 17, 2002
June Casagrande Three years. Three !%@#% years. I'd like to report that, since I quit smoking in May 1999, I feel better, food tastes better, I look better, I have more energy and life is just rosy. But that would be a big fat fib. Even the parts of it that are true amount to a big fat fib, because while I do feel healthier and have better skin, those things are hardly worth it. Smoking is, perhaps, the single most underrated pleasure. Sure, it's stinky, filthy and fatal, as so many nonsmokers are quick to point out. But surely, oh preachy anti-smokers, there must be some reason smokers accept this dirty deadliness.
NEWS
October 23, 2003
Thanks for the article by June Casagrande titled, "Who has this answer?" I really enjoyed it because I have encountered that error made so many times by others. I've even encountered someone, in all other respects very intelligent, who tries to create a possessive or pluralized form of "I", for example, "my friend and I'z." There is no way to know if I'm spelling "I'z" correctly since the word doesn't exist in the English language. The closest I can come is the phonetic spelling of "eyes".
NEWS
March 15, 2013
Re. " Mailbag: Grammar gripe (March 12): I have been meaning for some time to commend June Casagrande for her column, "A Word, Please. " While the subjects of grammar and punctuation can be deathly boring to some (like reader Terry Johnston, whose letter published in today's Daily Pilot characterized Casagrande's most recent column on the Oxford comma as "ridiculous"), I am constantly surprised at how Casagrande manages to come up with topics that are actually interesting and truly helpful.
NEWS
November 13, 2003
June Casagrande Residents whose homes were designed to be taller than they should have been because architect Andrew Goetz submitted wrong survey information will likely get the chance to keep their homes as is. The City Council approved Wednesday the first reading of an ordinance to give "special circumstances variances" for at least six homes under construction in the city that are taller than building limits would...
NEWS
October 9, 2002
June Casagrande Incumbents Gary Adams and Tod Ridgeway, along with former Public Works Director Don Webb, have recorded the biggest fund-raising numbers to date in the City Council contest, in which the candidates are becoming polarized into Greenlight and anti-Greenlight camps. Adams has led the pack so far this campaign season, with $36,122 in contributions this year to date. Ridgeway ranked second highest, with $32,612 in contributions so far this year.
NEWS
February 7, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Lock up your troughs and hide your water: Today's the day when the citywide restrictions on feeding ducks go into effect. As of today, there's no longer any such thing as a free lunch for these birds. But first-time offenders caught serving them large quantities of food and water will go free with just a warning, Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff said. "Hopefully, this will also give us a chance to get out and talk to people about the ordinance," Kiff said.
NEWS
April 10, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- The city manager has initiated talks with Costa Mesa officials to create a skate park for both cities, Mayor Tod Ridgeway announced Tuesday. The announcement came as a surprise to many, including Councilwoman Norma Glover. The mayor made it known after several members of a local Boy Scout troop implored the city to build a skate park. "I proposed the city build a skate park," Scout Cage Morgan said. "It would reduce property damage."
NEWS
January 8, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Two of Conexant Systems' buildings near John Wayne Airport are up for sale, a company representative confirmed this week. But observers have mixed reactions about what the sale could mean to Newport Beach residents. The two buildings, at 4340 and 4350 Von Karman Ave., are part of the chip maker's diminishing operations in Newport Beach. Until recently, the site seemed a likely Greenlight battleground as the company considered plans to add more than 600,000 feet to its facilities.
NEWS
July 18, 2002
June Casagrande In a warm afternoon breeze Wednesday, the coaches for the New Zealand and Australia Governor's Cup Regatta teams leaned on the railing overlooking the water at the Balboa Yacht Club. This day would tell them a lot about how they would fare in the upcoming race -- a world-class, international sailing competition now in its 36th year. "It's especially important to get a feel for the local conditions," said David Lukins, coach of the team from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, Australia.
NEWS
May 10, 2003
June Casagrande City officials have postponed until May 27 a plan to consider two scenarios for redrawing City Council districts. In both scenarios, most of Corona del Mar remains in its present district, except for Irvine Terrace, which becomes part of a neighboring council district. "No matter where you are in the city, your village designation does not change, your ZIP code does not change. The only thing that changes is the political boundary," said Mayor Steve Bromberg, who serves on the council's subcommittee for redistricting.
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March 15, 2013
Re. " Mailbag: Grammar gripe (March 12): I have been meaning for some time to commend June Casagrande for her column, "A Word, Please. " While the subjects of grammar and punctuation can be deathly boring to some (like reader Terry Johnston, whose letter published in today's Daily Pilot characterized Casagrande's most recent column on the Oxford comma as "ridiculous"), I am constantly surprised at how Casagrande manages to come up with topics that are actually interesting and truly helpful.
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By June Casagrande | September 28, 2012
The life of a language columnist can be a lonely one. Picture a head of unwashed hair and a pair of mismatched graying socks protruding from behind a stack of reference books and you'll have a rough snapshot. No one wants to talk to you, lest you rap their knuckles for not using "whom" in casual conversation. And heaven knows no one wants to look at (or smell) you. But in the last few months I've learned a trick to get people to communicate with me. It's been right under my nose all the time.
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By June Casagrande | June 29, 2012
If you type into Google's search engine the term "two chihuahua's," complete with apostrophe, you'll get plenty of hits that include the apostrophe. The search term "competing agenda's" also brings up a lot of apostrophe-laden hits, as does "news camera's. " This is one of the most common writing errors I see online: apostrophes used to form plurals. This apostrophe error "continues to appear, to the amusement of educated people, in signs and notices, especially in shop windows," Fowler's Modern English Usage writes.
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By June Casagrande | June 22, 2012
Does a presidential candidate who misspells "America" love it any less than the guy whose campaign gets all the letters in the right order? Is he less fit to lead if his Facebook page mentions "offical gear" when it means official gear? Would the typo "sneak peak" on his Facebook page peg him as illiterate, an ineffectual supervisor or a helmsman too dumb to realize he's steering a ship of dummies? These are the questions raised by three typos in one week that the Mitt Romney campaign let slip, the most famous of them being a campaign app that went viral because it contained the slogan "A Better Amercia.
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By June Casagrande | June 15, 2012
On the morning of Feb. 11, Orange County residents may have heard a blood-curdling scream — the kind that leaves no doubt that a horrible atrocity has been committed. I'm writing today to confess: I'm the perp. My victim's name is Barbara. My crime was writing this sentence, "Even professionals have to look these things up" (Re. The truth about hyphens, Feb. 11) . "You do that thing that raises the hair on the back of my neck," Barbara wrote. "You split an infinitive!
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By June Casagrande | May 25, 2012
Some interesting language questions have shown up in my inbox recently. The first is from David in Glendale, who had a question about this sentence, which appeared in this column a few weeks ago: "Little did I know that I'd be the one getting the lesson, or that the lesson would be this: My knowledge isn't as vast as I thought it was" ("An important lesson about commas," May 12). One letter of that sentence caught David's eye: "I wonder about capitalizing 'My,'" he wrote, "and what rules might apply.
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By June Casagrande | May 18, 2012
Here's a little test that will tell you if you're suffering from a serious personality disorder I just made up. Imagine you're cruising along the street looking for a place to park when you see a sign that says, "No parking at anytime. " Do you 1.) look for another spot, 2.) park there anyway, or 3.) spend the next 10 years pondering the grammar of that sign? If you chose 1, you may be sane. If you chose 2, you may be an Angeleno. But if you chose 3, you just might be a grammar obsessive.
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By: JUNE CASAGRANDE | August 24, 2005
Dear Reader: Please clip and sign the following petition and send it to your representative. I, the below-signed petitioner, hereby support a plan to create a federal department called The Office of Cutting the Bull in Grammar and Style Rules and Deciding Once and For All What Certain Rules Shall Be." This office shall be lead by June Casagrande whoseshall hold periodic summits of nation's foremost language authorities. These authorities will convene to decide by simple majority the nation's official positions on certain language issues.
NEWS
December 7, 2004
DON KROTEE It is always a great pleasure to see John Huffman speak or read what he has written, and as an attendee at St. Andrew's Church, his warmth and abilities as a speaker are quite at the top of anyone's game. I also regard John as a friend, who recently joined our community and myself to play golf in a benefit honoring Newport Harbor High School. Playing golf on a Monday, when it benefits anyone other than myself, eases my guilt. In his Pilot commentary Saturday, Huffman, the church's pastor, observed: "'Promise' was never that church wouldn't expand."
NEWS
May 21, 2004
June Casagrande A battle that has raged on for years over drug and alcohol-recovery homes will have to wait at least a few weeks more for a solution. The Planning Commission on Thursday agreed to postpone a decision on zoning changes that could regulate some recovery homes in the city. "We don't have all the answers, and I'd prefer to do some further analysis," City Atty. Bob Burnham said. The move comes on the heels of several City Council study sessions and extensive legal analysis of the issue with the help of outside attorneys.
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