Writing Glitch #329

Today’s glitch:


Add a comma after room.

If this character happened to have more than one father, and they’re both dead now, and the book belonged to both of them, the apostrophe would go after the s. Otherwise, the apostrophe goes before the s to indicate the singular possessive form of father.

Book of Shadows is normally capitalized (but not italicized — it’s not actually the title of the book, just its proper name), at least every time I’ve seen it, to make a distinction between a sort of journal kept by a witch, etc., and a book made of shadows or whatever those words would mean if not capitalized.

There is no such verb as pooring. I think the person who created this example knew that pouring was wrong but couldn’t think of any other homophone. (To young people in particular, pore is usually a noun meaning a small — but ginormous in appearance — hole or dimple, especially in the skin of one’s face. Tell them that pore is also a verb that has nothing to do with complexion issues, and they’ll look at you as if to say, I can’t even.)

She sat in a hidden room, poring over her late father’s Book of Shadows, seeking revenge.

(WordPress’ spell checker says pore isn’t a word at all. Go figure.)



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 #329

  1. M. Oniker says:

    Sigh. I wish we could delete/edit our own comments. Could you delete that one for me, please. Various reasons.


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