Writing Glitch #294

Today’s glitch:


Good for you, kid. Now try learning how to use commas and italics. 🙂 It’s good to know which homophone is the correct one, but that’s not all there is to writing well.

This example is a compound sentence, so it requires a comma before the conjunction. (Tired of me saying this? Well, I’m tired of having to say it.)

When referring to a word itself, italicize the word.

“My life may not always be together, but at least I know the difference between your and you’re.”

Non-rhetorical questions: Are there really that many people who don’t know the difference between these commonplace homophones? If so, what causes the confusion?



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 #294

  1. This was an easy one 🙂 Thanks for the distraction 🙂

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  2. I know you’re tired of saying, but I need the repetition to kill the previously ingrained repetition of wrong usage. Thanks for the tips and pointers. Cheers

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  3. J.R. Handley says:

    I think it’s more of a lazy typist scenario, and when you can’t refute their point in an online argument you critique their grammar. Also, typing on the tiny phone screens is a bear!


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