Writing Glitch #296

Today’s glitch:

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She whispered in what was left of his ear, “Grown-ups should be seen and not heard.”

Notice there’s no additional period after the quotation marks.

Grown-ups and grownups (I prefer the hyphenated form because it’s easier to read) are both correct, but grown up is never a noun or adjective. Remember it this way: Grown-ups are people who have grown up.

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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 #296

  1. J.R. Handley says:

    Good way to remember, thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

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