Writing Glitch #168

Today’s glitch:


Don’t capitalize lake unless it’s part of a proper name: Everyone called it Eagle Lake, but the lake was actually a pond.


Although the past-tense form of read is read, the past-tense form of lead is led.

The frozen lake had finally cracked open after all these frigid years. But it was not this fact which startled me. Rather, it was the single trail of footsteps that led out.

(I’m not fond of the italics, either. They’re like a soundtrack that tells you, because you can’t be trusted to figure out on your own, This is a scary-dramatic scene!)



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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3 Responses to Writing Glitch #168

  1. Capitalization seems to be an issue you see a lot.

    So, a strange capitalization question. When we speak of God, I believe we capitalize God. We also capital “He” when referring to God. God spoke to Moses, and He told Moses to climb a mountain.

    If you are writing fantasy, would you do the same for the gods in the fantasy world? Bahamut sent forth His greatest paladins.

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    • I see no reason NOT to use the same guidelines for capitalization of deities’ names, etc., in a fantasy setting that followers of the Abrahamic religions use in our own world.

      The reason we (Western cultures) capitalize “God” is that it’s used as a proper name, which came about, I think, because the Hebrew people weren’t allowed to speak the actual name of their deity (*cue the “Jehovah” scene from The Life of Brian*) and started using a normally common noun instead.

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