Writing Glitch #205

Today’s first glitch:


A possessive requires an apostrophe: phone’s, not phones. Even if there were more than one phone involved, you’d write phones’, with an apostrophe after the s.

You decide to use your phone’s new app to record sound while you’re asleep. What does it hear?

(WTF, WordPress spell check? Now you’re saying hear is wrong and should be replaced with here in the second sentence? This is why we can’t have nice things…)


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 #205

  1. Maybe WordPress spell check knows that a phone does not have ears and therefore cannot actually hear. However, “what does it here?” reminds me of an old nursery rhyme.
    “Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
    I’ve been to London to look at the Queen.
    Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there?
    I frightened a little mouse under the chair.”

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