Writing Glitch #291

Today’s glitch:


Even when there are more than two parts to a compound sentence, use a comma before each conjunction.

If you want something choppy/abrupt but with correct punctuation, you can write the example this way, without the commas and conjunctions: Aliens abduct a human. The human is a serial killer. He’s less than amused.

Aliens abduct a human, but the human is a serial killer, and he’s less than amused.

One thing we can tell from this snippet is that the abductee is highly intelligent, which probably means the aliens are in deep trouble… Wanna know why there’s a correlation between high intelligence and being a serial killer? It’s not, as some idjits may tell you, because highly intelligent people are especially evil and/or prone to violence… although constantly hearing other people say that high intelligence is evil may cause a few of us to snap. Um. Anyway… The correlation, such as it is, exists because would-be serial killers who aren’t highly intelligent get caught before they can kill enough people to be classified as serial killers. It’s that simple.


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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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #291

  1. M. Oniker says:

    Ah, I missed my true calling…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Your logic is impeccable and impressive.


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