Writing Glitch #350

Today’s glitch:


(If anyone there now was responsible years ago for telling schools not to teach grammar anymore, I bet they regret it… 🙂 )

Spell out the number: three, not 3.

The acronym for unidentified flying object should be written in capital letters (the way acronyms generally are).

Do not use an apostrophe to make a plural. (There are rare exceptions to this rule, but the example does not contain one of those exceptions.)

When the common noun street is part of the proper name of a place, capitalize it.

There were three UFOs parked above Downing Street.


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 #350

  1. I laughed when I saw this glitch. (These glitches?) Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

  2. M. Oniker says:

    These kinds of examples make me feel better about my writing. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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