Writing glitch #18

BONUS — because the last “writing glitch” was all about a topic I’ve discussed a lot already (and will continue to discuss until I stop seeing that particular error everywhere).

Today’s SECOND glitch:


Well, there’s the obvious: capitalize the first word of every sentence. Also, apostrophes are not for plurals, but they are for possessives, and compound sentences (yes, that again) require commas.

You and four others are locked in a room. You have no food or drink, only the clothes on your back. There’s a number on each person’s wrist, and a piece of paper on the floor says only, “She’s older than me.”


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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3 Responses to Writing glitch #18

  1. Please tell me you’re an Oxford comma fan too! 😉 😀

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    • Certainly. Anything that makes written communication more clear is a good thing. I don’t understand how anyone can actually be AGAINST the Oxford comma, even those who choose not to use it themselves. It’s not as if using it could make a sentence more confusing, whereas not using it… Well, the internet is full of funny examples of what happens when someone doesn’t use an Oxford comma. (The internet is full of examples of all sorts of punctuation and grammar problems, which is why I don’t have to invent the examples for these “glitch” posts myself. Pinterest alone could keep me supplied with glitches forever.)

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      • “I don’t understand how anyone could be AGAINST the Oxford comma”

        Me neither! 😊. Apparently some are, which just seems irrational to me, but that’s just me 😉. I think you’re right – it certainly makes for clearer communication! 👍🏼


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