Writing Glitch #211

Today’s second glitch:


Single-handedly is hyphenated. (I trust Merriam-Webster a lot more than I trust WordPress’ spell check, and so should you. Never trust a computer program that tells you comma isn’t a real word.)

The present-tense verb lay requires an object; you lay a thing down, but you lie down.

The fake ellipsis is wrong, which you already know. There’s no reason for an ellipsis at the end of that sentence, anyway, so I’m getting rid of it.

Your trusted friend killed you and took the credit for single-handedly defeating the greatest evil and saving the world. As you lie dying, you hear a voice offering you a second chance at life, on one condition.


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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