Writing Glitch #188

Today’s glitch:


Supervillain should be written as one word, the same way superhero is.

When used as names, Mom and Dad are capitalized. If you don’t want to capitalize them here, say their mom and dad instead.

Evil and supervillain are sort of redundant, don’t you think?

Also, why is the villain super, but the hero isn’t? That’s not fair. I bet the hero complains bitterly to their parents about it: “You always liked Marcie better! You let her be a super villain, but I’m only allowed to be a regular hero. Look, you’ve even given her a brand-new Supervillain Lair play set, and all I get are a bunch of Eighties-style sweaters… again.”

(Yes, I do have fun writing these things. Why do you ask?)

The supervillain and the hero are siblings. They still have dinner at Mom and Dad’s house for the holidays.


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 #188

  1. I think your commentary about super sibling rivalry is funny – the humorous kind of funny, not the strange kind.

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