Writing Glitch #183

I may not be able to post tomorrow, so have another glitch today:


Need to know when to capitalize mom/mommy and when not to? It’s simple: This is my mom; I call her Mom. Capitalize when used as a proper name; don’t capitalize otherwise. (This is why sister isn’t capitalized unless you’re referring to, say, a nun: My sister became a nun, and now everyone calls her Sister Margaret.)

Apostrophes do not make plurals, but they are needed for possessives.

A compound sentence is still a compound sentence when the conjunction is something other than andor, for example. It needs a comma before the conjunction (yes, even if you already used one).

“I have a secret, but I can’t tell you, or the thing wearing Mommy’s skin will get mad.”


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 #183

  1. Creepy, creepy sample sentence today. I know you pick these for their grammatical error, but there’s a definite horror impact to this one.

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