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Kory wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 4:37pm
In my work for one of my side jobs, I keep getting blog post submissions that use single quotes, which is driving me crazy, so I looked it up and found this:
Single quote marks are also sometimes used in academic writing, though this isn’t considered a rule. Specialist terms that are unique to a subject are often enclosed in single quotation marks in both U.S. and British English. This is very common in specific disciplines, particularly philosophy or theology. If you're writing in a specific discipline, check with the style guidelines of the institution or publication for which you are writing to verify if you should use quotes in this way.
The people that submit are typically academics, but it still really rubs me the wrong way and I change them to doubles anyway.
Academic clients and students drive me crazy with single-quote bullshit. Unless you're in the UK, knock that shit off. We use double quotes in North America, so quit acting fancier than you are, guv'nor.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 4:50pm
Kory wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 4:37pm
In my work for one of my side jobs, I keep getting blog post submissions that use single quotes, which is driving me crazy, so I looked it up and found this:
Single quote marks are also sometimes used in academic writing, though this isn’t considered a rule. Specialist terms that are unique to a subject are often enclosed in single quotation marks in both U.S. and British English. This is very common in specific disciplines, particularly philosophy or theology. If you're writing in a specific discipline, check with the style guidelines of the institution or publication for which you are writing to verify if you should use quotes in this way.
The people that submit are typically academics, but it still really rubs me the wrong way and I change them to doubles anyway.
Academic clients and students drive me crazy with single-quote bullshit. Unless you're in the UK, knock that shit off. We use double quotes in North America, so quit acting fancier than you are, guv'nor.
I can't decide if I want to tell that to the person that edits this stuff before they send it to me, or if I should just stop caring and post it as-is. She also uses space/hyphen/space instead of em-dashes.
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Kory wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 4:56pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 4:50pm
Kory wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 4:37pm
In my work for one of my side jobs, I keep getting blog post submissions that use single quotes, which is driving me crazy, so I looked it up and found this:
Single quote marks are also sometimes used in academic writing, though this isn’t considered a rule. Specialist terms that are unique to a subject are often enclosed in single quotation marks in both U.S. and British English. This is very common in specific disciplines, particularly philosophy or theology. If you're writing in a specific discipline, check with the style guidelines of the institution or publication for which you are writing to verify if you should use quotes in this way.
The people that submit are typically academics, but it still really rubs me the wrong way and I change them to doubles anyway.
Academic clients and students drive me crazy with single-quote bullshit. Unless you're in the UK, knock that shit off. We use double quotes in North America, so quit acting fancier than you are, guv'nor.
I can't decide if I want to tell that to the person that edits this stuff before they send it to me, or if I should just stop caring and post it as-is. She also uses space/hyphen/space instead of em-dashes.
Some publishers' style guide do the space-hyphen-space thing. It looks sloppy to me. Me, I prefer Chicago.

The upside is that you can make those fixes with a global search-and-replace (well, checking to make sure it's proper before approving), so it isn't that demanding time-wise. I have a shitload of those things that are on my pre-copy editing routine to minimize my irritation while reading a draft.
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

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Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 4:50pm
Kory wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 4:37pm
In my work for one of my side jobs, I keep getting blog post submissions that use single quotes, which is driving me crazy, so I looked it up and found this:
Single quote marks are also sometimes used in academic writing, though this isn’t considered a rule. Specialist terms that are unique to a subject are often enclosed in single quotation marks in both U.S. and British English. This is very common in specific disciplines, particularly philosophy or theology. If you're writing in a specific discipline, check with the style guidelines of the institution or publication for which you are writing to verify if you should use quotes in this way.
The people that submit are typically academics, but it still really rubs me the wrong way and I change them to doubles anyway.
Academic clients and students drive me crazy with single-quote bullshit. Unless you're in the UK, knock that shit off. We use double quotes in North America, so quit acting fancier than you are, guv'nor.
Hello,

I think you mean gov"nor.

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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

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gkbill wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 9:58pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 4:50pm
Kory wrote:
12 Mar 2021, 4:37pm
In my work for one of my side jobs, I keep getting blog post submissions that use single quotes, which is driving me crazy, so I looked it up and found this:
Single quote marks are also sometimes used in academic writing, though this isn’t considered a rule. Specialist terms that are unique to a subject are often enclosed in single quotation marks in both U.S. and British English. This is very common in specific disciplines, particularly philosophy or theology. If you're writing in a specific discipline, check with the style guidelines of the institution or publication for which you are writing to verify if you should use quotes in this way.
The people that submit are typically academics, but it still really rubs me the wrong way and I change them to doubles anyway.
Academic clients and students drive me crazy with single-quote bullshit. Unless you're in the UK, knock that shit off. We use double quotes in North America, so quit acting fancier than you are, guv'nor.
Hello,

I think you mean gov"nor.
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There's a serious dystopian feel to it all. After The Final War and society collapsed, he held school wherever we could find a building, and the abandoned mall worked as well as anything, plus gave us protection from wasteland marauders …
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
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There's a serious dystopian feel to it all. After The Final War and society collapsed, he held school wherever we could find a building, and the abandoned mall worked as well as anything, plus gave us protection from wasteland marauders …


Yeah and this is the space adjacent to it since much of the rest of the mall was torn down a few years ago.
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revbob wrote:
01 Apr 2021, 1:48pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
01 Apr 2021, 12:06pm
There's a serious dystopian feel to it all. After The Final War and society collapsed, he held school wherever we could find a building, and the abandoned mall worked as well as anything, plus gave us protection from wasteland marauders …


Yeah and this is the space adjacent to it since much of the rest of the mall was torn down a few years ago.
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The climactic battle of the movie is going to take place right there.
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So a question for anyone who has ever applied or better yet been part of the grad school admissions process.

It turns out my kid got busted in her junior year for marijuana possession by campus cops. She got screwed over by being in a car with someone else who was holding and at the hearing the school held everyone in the car guilty.

So it shows up on her school record and she's worried she might have trouble getting into a grad program (physicians assistant). In the explanation box on the application she only had 300 characters to explain and not really enough to give her side of the story.

So what do you post grad people think/know?

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revbob wrote:
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So a question for anyone who has ever applied or better yet been part of the grad school admissions process.

It turns out my kid got busted in her junior year for marijuana possession by campus cops. She got screwed over by being in a car with someone else who was holding and at the hearing the school held everyone in the car guilty.

So it shows up on her school record and she's worried she might have trouble getting into a grad program (physicians assistant). In the explanation box on the application she only had 300 characters to explain and not really enough to give her side of the story.

So what do you post grad people think/know?
Honestly can't say. On the one hand, a medical program might be more concerned about this kind of thing than, say, a lit program. Then again, the cultural shift we're experiencing is really diminishing how much anyone thinks pot says about your character. Generally speaking, tho, admissions committees are looking for reasons to easily dismiss applicants. That's where your GPA or GRE scores come in. Anybody who doesn't hit certain markers just gets shitcanned automatically. If your daughter makes it thru those rounds, to the point where the committee actually looks at applications, the bust might only matter if she's on the bubble after all else. If the rest of her file is strong—letters of support, other supporting documentation—I'd like to think they'd care more about what she's done with her life since than that one incident.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
03 May 2021, 5:28pm
revbob wrote:
03 May 2021, 4:57pm
So a question for anyone who has ever applied or better yet been part of the grad school admissions process.

It turns out my kid got busted in her junior year for marijuana possession by campus cops. She got screwed over by being in a car with someone else who was holding and at the hearing the school held everyone in the car guilty.

So it shows up on her school record and she's worried she might have trouble getting into a grad program (physicians assistant). In the explanation box on the application she only had 300 characters to explain and not really enough to give her side of the story.

So what do you post grad people think/know?
Honestly can't say. On the one hand, a medical program might be more concerned about this kind of thing than, say, a lit program. Then again, the cultural shift we're experiencing is really diminishing how much anyone thinks pot says about your character. Generally speaking, tho, admissions committees are looking for reasons to easily dismiss applicants. That's where your GPA or GRE scores come in. Anybody who doesn't hit certain markers just gets shitcanned automatically. If your daughter makes it thru those rounds, to the point where the committee actually looks at applications, the bust might only matter if she's on the bubble after all else. If the rest of her file is strong—letters of support, other supporting documentation—I'd like to think they'd care more about what she's done with her life since than that one incident.
Yeah Im hoping this doesn't screw her over. She's been working hard the past 2 years in an urgent care place and dealing a lot with patients especially during covid this past year really busting her ass. And she knows I wouldn't care if she smoked weed so I believe her when she says she didnt have it. I spent a good part of the weekend trying to console her and make her believe that it shouldn't be too many strikes against her.

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revbob wrote:
03 May 2021, 7:03pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
03 May 2021, 5:28pm
revbob wrote:
03 May 2021, 4:57pm
So a question for anyone who has ever applied or better yet been part of the grad school admissions process.

It turns out my kid got busted in her junior year for marijuana possession by campus cops. She got screwed over by being in a car with someone else who was holding and at the hearing the school held everyone in the car guilty.

So it shows up on her school record and she's worried she might have trouble getting into a grad program (physicians assistant). In the explanation box on the application she only had 300 characters to explain and not really enough to give her side of the story.

So what do you post grad people think/know?
Honestly can't say. On the one hand, a medical program might be more concerned about this kind of thing than, say, a lit program. Then again, the cultural shift we're experiencing is really diminishing how much anyone thinks pot says about your character. Generally speaking, tho, admissions committees are looking for reasons to easily dismiss applicants. That's where your GPA or GRE scores come in. Anybody who doesn't hit certain markers just gets shitcanned automatically. If your daughter makes it thru those rounds, to the point where the committee actually looks at applications, the bust might only matter if she's on the bubble after all else. If the rest of her file is strong—letters of support, other supporting documentation—I'd like to think they'd care more about what she's done with her life since than that one incident.
Yeah Im hoping this doesn't screw her over. She's been working hard the past 2 years in an urgent care place and dealing a lot with patients especially during covid this past year really busting her ass. And she knows I wouldn't care if she smoked weed so I believe her when she says she didnt have it. I spent a good part of the weekend trying to console her and make her believe that it shouldn't be too many strikes against her.
Does she know anyone at the school(s) she's applying to? One of the things I recommend to students applying to grad school is to make some kind of personal connection at the school. Basically, find someone you want to work with and who wants to work with you. That way, if you make it to the actual examination round, there's someone in the department who says, "Yeah, I'm good with them." That's another way of making the committee's life easier. So if she knows someone at the school(s), she can explain what happened and they could intervene if this actually matters to the admissions committee.
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revbob wrote:
03 May 2021, 4:57pm
So a question for anyone who has ever applied or better yet been part of the grad school admissions process.

It turns out my kid got busted in her junior year for marijuana possession by campus cops. She got screwed over by being in a car with someone else who was holding and at the hearing the school held everyone in the car guilty.

So it shows up on her school record and she's worried she might have trouble getting into a grad program (physicians assistant). In the explanation box on the application she only had 300 characters to explain and not really enough to give her side of the story.

So what do you post grad people think/know?
I can't speak from experience, but like Doc mentioned, letter(s) of recommendation, perhaps from some of her professors, speaking to her work ethic and character wouldn't hurt.

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She knows some people at one school but mostly no. My wife knows someone at another school but that school has different requirements.

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