Writing Glitch #193

Today’s glitch:


Use a comma to separate a direct address (even a rude one) from the rest of the sentence. (Yes, I know there’s usually no comma when this expression appears online. What’s your point?)

Also, the titles of computer games should be capitalized, and Mario Kart is not hyphenated.

“Bitch, please, you don’t think I can beat you at Mario Kart?”

(It could be argued that the title of a computer game ought to be italicized. The game is, after all, a long-form digital publication of a sort. However, this is not mentioned one way or another in CMS, so I’m not entirely certain, and of course the internet is useless because the internet, as a whole, doesn’t believe in italics in any usage.)

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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