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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

It's/Its--It's Not That Difficult!

Now that I have started the new year on a positive note (see post below), I feel entitled to get a little cranky once more.

What is it about it's/its that befuddles so many people? It's is a contraction for "it is." Its is the possessive. "The geriatric cat still had all of its teeth. It's my cat." See how easy that is?

But apparently, the its/it's conundrum is even difficult for the seasoned reporters at the Los Angeles Times. How else to explain this headline?

If we spell out the contraction, the headline reads, "USC claims it is 23rd Rose Bowl Title." Clearly, that makes no sense at all.

Maybe the headline was written by actual USC graduates. That would explain a lot. (Yes, I'm bitter about the UCLA football season. But at least we've got basketball. And USC lost to Cal. Go Bruins!)


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