Writing Glitch #187

Today’s glitch:


If you’re talking about a plural noun, talk about them in the plural: sinkholes are […] portals.

Compound sentences require commas, dammit. (See this face? This is my exasperated-proofreader face.)

Please note that sinkhole is one word.

Sinkholes are now known to be portals to another time and place. All sinkhole locations are now catalogued, but no one has ever returned from one. You volunteer to go next.

I wonder, though, how anyone knows where those sinkhole portals lead, since no one has ever gone into such a portal and returned to tell what’s on the other side. (Sinkhole? No, plot hole!)


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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