Writing Glitch #255

You’re getting tomorrow’s glitch early, since no one wants do deal with grammar on a major holiday.


I don’t know if faries is a typo or a misspelling, but it’s wrong. It should be either fairies or faeries.

The comma after hunter doesn’t belong. (If you leave the comma in place, the person who sees the fairies attack the hunter is the one who strips the flesh from the hunter’s bones, rather than seeing the fairies do that, too.)

It was one thing to hear that the fairies weren’t nice. It was another to see them attack a hunter and strip the flesh from his bones.

Depends on what the hunter was hunting, doesn’t it? If he was there to hunt the fairies, I’d say he had it coming.


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 #255

  1. I enjoy these glitches. You provide helpful tips not just about correct usage but the context of use. They help me recall and correct my writing, and be a more mindful reader, writer, speaker and editor. Cheers

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