Writing Glitch #364

Today’s glitch:


Look, another ‘bizarre phone app’… *shakes head*

Don’t capitalize app; it’s not even a full word, much less a proper noun.

The first sentence is compound. Add a comma after die. Add a comma after accurate, too, while you’re at it.

Spell out one hundred percent.

Capitalize There; it’s the first word of the second sentence.

Replace the em-dash after though with a colon. (This is the “more information follows” use for colons.)

I changed the placement of only to make the sentence more clear.

When referring to a word as a word, italicize it instead of using double quotes.

There’s a hot new app that can tell anyone how they will die, and it is always one hundred percent accurate, even if they try to avoid it. There’s one problem, though: the results for anyone born after the creation of the app come up only as suicide.


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 #364

  1. curioushart says:

    There’s only one problem?


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