Writing glitch #393

Today’s glitch:

Isn’t it funny when someone complains about one grammatical error while committing others?

Use amount for things that cannot be counted (a pile of mashed potatoes, for example) and number for things that can be counted.

Use who, not that, when referring to people.

Use italics, not quotation marks, to indicate that you’re referring to a word as a word. (You may have noticed that I do this all the time in these posts.)

The number of people who confuse to and too is too damn high.

(The original meme said, The amount of people that confuse “to” and “too” is two damn high.)

If you’re really stuck on using a word other than number, try percentage.


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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6 Responses to Writing glitch #393

  1. M. Oniker says:

    I’ve forgotten so much of what I was taught, but I don’t recall ever being taught some of these that you call out, like *number* and *amount.* It makes so much sense when you point it out. I know I’m guilty of many of these.

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  2. That glitch was just sad. Did you really find it written somewhere 🙂

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    • Yes. I started using Pinterest writing prompts, Facebook memes, etc., as examples because 1) I’m not good at inventing samples of bad writing, and 2) if one person makes a particular type of error, chances are that other people do it, too.

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  3. I wish I could download a quarter of your grammar skills into my own brain. Where did you learn so much, and how did you retain it?

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