Writing Glitch #153

Today’s glitch:

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Yeah, it’s one of the sort of boring ones, but random capitalization turns up often enough in the examples I find that it’s obviously a real problem for some writers.

It was his last thought before he fell.

Some of you (if you’re paying attention) will have noticed that I occasionally capitalize words that usually aren’t capitalized. Well, there’s a reason for that…  The Chicago Manual of Style (7.48) says, “Initial capitals, once used to lend importance to certain words, are now used only ironically.” I use nonstandard capitalization the same way I use fake “trademark” symbols and deliberate misspelling: for irony/sarcasm. (Example: Teh Expertz say people like me are too stoopid and autistic and stuff to use sarcasm the way Real Humans ™ do, so of course I delight in proving them wrong at every opportunity.)

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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 #153

  1. Remember when every one used to write with capitalized letters on every word? (Let’s Say, Write Like This).
    It was nightmare.

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