Writing Glitch #121

Today’s glitch:


Lots of that pseudo-random capitalization going around lately, isn’t there?

*shakes head*

In the second sentence, you should not be capitalized. The second is in the first sentence isn’t needed, either.

Death is lonely and looking into getting a pet to cheer him up. He chooses you.

It is possible that you was capitalized in the original for emphasis. Don’t do that. Even when italics aren’t an option (looking at you, Facebook), use all capitals instead for emphasis, not just the first letter of the 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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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #121

    • Sometimes I capitalize words that aren’t normally capitalized, too. The difference is that there’s POINT to it when I do it, or when you do it in a comment on a blog post. There’s no point to it in this “glitch.”


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