Writing Glitch #172

Today’s glitch:

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Do not capitalize a noun like granny unless it’s being used as a proper name. (They laughed at Granny, however, is correct.)

The quotation marks are wrong, too. If you really, really want to use them, you’ll have to rewrite the sentence: They laughed at Granny for putting out a saucer of milk — “For the fairies,” she said — but sometimes the old ways are not without reason.

Anyway, here are the original words with their punctuation and capitalization corrected: They laughed at your granny for putting out a saucer of milk for the fairies, but sometimes the old ways are not without reason.

 

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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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