Writing Glitch #75

Today’s glitch:


I commented on this one somewhere else, sometime… As I said then, I understand the use of deliberately bad grammar for humorous effect (Mercenary Proofreader has been known to do the same thing from time to time), but any English major ought to know about, y’know, commas and stuff.

I am a strong, independent English major, and I don’t need no math.

So there it is with the punctuation corrected (by someone with a degree in art education, no less). Now for the rant about the idea expressed…

To hell with the notion that a person can be good with words or numbers but not both. It’s not a dichotomy! NOT A DICHOTOMY! (Also, the whole “left brain/right brain” thing has been disproven, so don’t wave it at me.) Some people are good with words but not numbers, it is true. Some people are good with numbers but not words. Some people are good with neither, though, and some are good with both. Deal with it, and don’t blame any mathematical inadequacies you may believe you possess on having chosen to study the written word.


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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One Response to Writing Glitch #75

  1. Hate that too. Enter is not the same to a comma!

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