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Monday, June 22, 2009

Giants Can't Hit, But Copy Editor Scores a Home Run

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge No arrests made by the grammar police today - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • No arrests made by the grammar police today
A little while back we wrote about how baseball fans unfazed by donning the name and uniform number of a player recently cut off the team or unceremoniously packed off to Kansas City at the trade deadline can save a lot of money at the Giants' Dugout Store.

So, being the kind of person who reads a menu from right to left, I was at the dugout store recently when I came across the above shirt. At first it struck me as an incredibly odd usage of the term "Capitol." But soon I realized that this was perfectly proper usage of a tricky word; whomever copy-edited that t-shirt deserves to take a curtain call.

Capitol -- with an "o" -- signifies the actual building in which the seat of a government is housed. This can lead to quirky sentences such as "California's Capitol Building is in Sacramento, the state capital."

Since the above shirt seems to indicate that AT&T Park is the seat of government for Giants Country, then the term "capitol" is proper.

Now, is there anyone I can talk to about this nationwide power outage here in Giants Country?

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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