Writing Glitch #180

Today’s glitch:


“I don’t want to be ladylike; I want to lure men to their deaths.”

One person, one death. More than one person, more than one death. Funny how that works.

Notice that ladylike is not hyphenated, and that the end of the sentence requires end punctuation.

I used a semicolon instead of a period to replace the incorrect comma because a semicolon is the closest punctuation to a comma while still being right. If you don’t like semicolons, a period is fine: I don’t want to be ladylike. I want to lure men to their deaths. Besides, Aunt Peisinoe wasn’t ladylike, and she got to have her picture on all those cups the mortals drink their coffee out of these days. (Okay, I made up that last part…)


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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