Writing Glitch #232

Today’s glitch:


Remember when I told you that where you place a comma sometimes indicates what part of a sentence can be left out without changing the basic meaning? If you leave out except for John, what does this sentence say?

Yeah. That’s why there shouldn’t be a comma after everything.

Also, who just woke up… explains/”renames” John, so you do need a comma after John.

Gravity works well for everyone and everything except John, who just woke up on the ceiling of his apartment.


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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3 Responses to Writing Glitch #232

  1. M. Oniker says:

    I was going to post how much I continue to enjoy these Glitches, except I flunked this one. So, I won’t mention the enjoyment.


  2. M. Oniker says:

    Btw, feel free to use any and all of my comments — complete with comma violations, ellipsis abuse, subject-verb cacophony, and the whole shebang — for glitch examples, if you ever run out of fodder elsewhere (which you won’t). YW. (I know you say blog posts and comments don’t really count, but I picture you grimacing at the errors. While the errors are unintentional (usually), this notion of causing squirming is also somewhat amusing.)


    • This is a very helpful way to determine where the comma should be placed. Thank you.
      The scenario reminds me of “Metamorphosis” where being human worked for well for everyone except poor Gregor.
      I also appreciate the comments of M. Oniker and would “like” them if I could, but I am not a member of WordPress.


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