Writing Glitch #28

Today’s glitch:


She thought she was alone in the hotel gym, so she decided to sing “Eye of the Tiger” at the top of her lungs while exercising. He found it so entertaining, he just had to meet her.

Titles of songs belong inside double quotation marks. (Album titles, like the titles of books, get italicized.) They also get capitalized, according to the same rules as capitalizing any other title, unless officially not capitalized (for the same reason it’s correct to misspell words in the title if that’s how they’re actually spelled: Everyday Is a Winding Road  or Nevermind).

There’s a comma in the second sentence because it’s the only way to make it work with the word that left out: He found it so entertaining that he just had to meet her.

(WordPress’ spell check insists gym isn’t a word and wants to change it to Jim. I tell you this only to show how little you can rely on a spell check program by itself.)


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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