Writing Glitch #150

Today’s glitch:

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Rule about capitalization of titles: capitalize only when used before the person’s name or as an address: You’re the king, Your Majesty.

The outgoing president of the United States has written a letter to the newly inaugurated president. Instead of friendly advice, the letter contains the horrible truth that the public doesn’t know.

The first sentence is somewhat clunky, but I can’t think of a quick, minimally invasive way to fix it. It probably needs to be completely rewritten, something along the lines of The newly inaugurated president of the United States receives a letter written by her predecessor.

 

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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 #150

  1. Your rewritten correction sounds way better.
    Capitalizing titles or any word that seems important it’s quite a common error!

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