Writing Glitch #259

Today’s third (and final) glitch:


Well, this person certainly can’t say they’re overburdened by knowledge of how to punctuate a sentence. 🙂

Because the incorrect grammar is part of the pattern (those ‘I got ninety-nine whatevers, but X ain’t one’ things), I’ll leave that part alone. However, the punctuation is still wrong, and there’s no reason to leave that as it is.

Hyphenate ninety-nine and add a comma after problems (sentence is compound).

I got ninety-nine problems, but grammar ain’t one.

(The grammatically correct version is, I’ve got ninety-nine problems, but grammar isn’t one.)



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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5 Responses to Writing Glitch #259

  1. M. Oniker says:

    Any possibility the author was trying out irony?


    • It’s highly unlikely; the merely-for-irony version would have been punctuated correctly. 🙂

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      • M. Oniker says:

        Heh. Well, that was my stab at generosity for the week. 🙂 I’d like to be incredulous that you can be finding so many examples, so often. I’d like to be, but I’m not. And just a few days ago I realized I so totally messed up by not using a subjunctive mood in the opening of a blog post, so, I know there’s plenty of fodder out there for you, even without comma splices.

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  2. Perhaps the author meant his grandmother is not a problem.


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