Writing Glitch #359

Today’s glitch:


When referring to a word itself, italicize it. Double quotations are an acceptable option only when italics aren’t available.

To the poor, handmade is a necessity.

To the wealthy, handmade is a luxury.

(As I’ve said before, I don’t make up these examples. On the other hand, sometimes there’s one worth thinking about for its content and not just for its glitches. So here’s a nothing-about-grammar mini-rant: To many people in the middle class, handmade is both something to be sneered at and avoided and something to try to acquire for next to nothing because they desire it so badly but don’t want to pay for the time and skills of the person who made it. This, I feel, is wrong. If you want more rant on this topic, here’s a link to a post I wrote, back in 2013, about “artists/craftspeople and the value of work.”)

(WordPress wants me to change craftspeople to tradespeople. Um… No. Different words, different meanings. And — micro-tirade directed at someone else — if I’d meant housekeeping, I’d have said that instead of homesteading, dammit. *shakes head*)


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 #359

  1. curioushart says:

    I read your post about artists/artisans/crafts people. I agree with what you wrote. I like to make things for people as gifts. The hours I spend on a project are times of reflection; I think of the person for whom I am making the gift, and it makes me glad.

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