Writing Glitch #354

Today’s second glitch:


Do not use an apostrophe to form a plural. Parent’s means something belongs to one parent, whereas parents means, y’know, more than one parent.

Just the one baby, in all the world? Really? *shakes head* Change baby to babies.

However is the first word of a sentence; capitalize it.

Because it functions as a single adjective, government-funded should be hyphenated.

You live in a world where parents need to buy names for their babies. You and your wife are expecting your first child. However, you’re poor and need to decide whether to buy an expensive name or opt for a government-funded one instead.

(I don’t invent ’em; I just borrow ’em to help you wonderful people learn more about grammar and punctuation and stuff. If the premise of this example seems weird/nonsensical to you, be assured that it seems that way to me, too.)



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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8 Responses to Writing Glitch #354

  1. I winced reading that glitch. Cheers

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  2. nicholeqw1023 says:

    Two things. 1. I’m supposed to tell you that JR Handley sent me to your blog. 2. This would make for an interesting story. Please let me know if you expand on it.

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    • It’s not mine. I glean writing prompts, etc., that contain grammatical/punctuation errors, and use them as examples so I can explain how those sentences ought to be written. Feel free to write a story using this prompt yourself — that was its original purpose.

      (At this moment, I’m taking a brief break from copyediting JR’s manuscript for Operation Breakout. Shhh…)

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