Writing Glitch #210

You’ll get the second one at a more reasonable hour, but since I’m awake anyway, here’s today’s first glitch:


The frequent appearances of these truncated “ellipses” are kinda painful, too.

And ellipsis has three dots, never two. Some style guides (ones intended specifically for journalism, not fiction) call for spaces between the dots, or a period after the ellipsis if it falls at the end of a sentence, but none of them say to use only two dots (or several to indicate “an extra-long pause”).

“And the flashbacks hurt…”

Personally, I don’t see why this sentence should trail off at all. Ending with an ellipsis regardless of whether it’s appropriate seems to be a thing in writing prompts, though, and why should I miss an opportunity to point out (again) that a two-dot “ellipsis” is wrong?

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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