Writing Glitch #316

Today’s glitch:


I don’t know why gargoyle is capitalized here, but it may be a setting-specific thing (and I can’t ask the writer), so I’m going to leave that alone.

Replace non-concealable with unconcealable. Then get rid of the comma after unconcealable.

You don’t need to hyphenate nonhuman.

Even though this example isn’t meant to be a complete sentence anyway, I’ve combined the fragments to make it flow better.

Very isn’t always a “filler” word that should be deleted, but sometimes it is.

A male half-Gargoyle whose nonhuman ancestry is obvious and unconcealable but not particularly disturbing.

(WordPress’ spell check wants me to replace unconcealable with inconceivable. I think that’s funny.)


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 #316

  1. M. Oniker says:

    Inconceivable, huh? “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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