Writing Glitch #99

Today’s glitch:


Remember when I said the comma in a compound sentence belongs before the conjunction, not after it? Well, I’m saying it again.

Stupidity is not a crime, so you’re free to go.

This was on a bumper sticker someone photographed. The online comments about the photo mock the misuse of your, but they never seem to have anything to say about the misplaced comma. Perhaps this is because the literacy level of our children (and our university students) are appalling. 🙂


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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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #99

  1. Sheron says:

    Literacy level is appalling? Take out preposition phrase and parenthesis.

    Believe me, I make a ridiculous amount of grammar errors in my writing. That’s why I enjoy your glitches. They are helpful in making me understand.


    • The error in that last sentence of the post was deliberate: it’s derived from something said by a former president of the United States (who almost certainly didn’t realize — or care — that what he said was grammatically incorrect).


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