Writing Glitch #243

Today’s glitch:


Laid requires an object (a thing receiving the action of the verb), and the sample sentence doesn’t have one. The correct form here is lay. (Mental note: rant about irregular verbs sometime soon.)

He lay in the recovery ward, the screams of those below him keeping him awake long past midnight.

(*sigh* WordPress’ spelling/grammar checker, in its infinite stupidity, thinks I should change He lay to He laid. WordPress’ spelling/grammar checker is wrong. Again. Just the other day, it told me hyphenate isn’t a real word… and it’s doing so with this post, too.)




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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4 Responses to Writing Glitch #243

  1. Jenn Moss says:

    I find myself in sympathy with WordPress. For me, that whole lie-lay thing is one of the most complicated in English. 😦


  2. Sheron says:

    Sigh too. I use Swype’s auto correct keyboard program because it types faster, and the keys are black, but I fight constantly with a computer who goes behind my back and actually changes the correct spelling of my words to what they deem correct. Sometimes a perfectly reasonable sentence turns to gibberish in my text message or e-mail if I’m not vigilant.


  3. ziresta says:

    Wow, that makes a lot more sense than the page long explanation I got from someone else once. Thank you.


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