Writing Glitch #395

Today’s second glitch:

This one contains a compound adjective (two or more words functioning as a single adjective), which needs a hyphen.

In a futuristic society, someone has hacked your government-mandated brain implant.

(Don’t you hate it when that happens?)



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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4 Responses to Writing Glitch #395

  1. Love your glitches. They’re fun but ever so often I pick something up that I can use as well. Compound adjectives use hyphens. I have seen hyphenated adjectives and even used them at times when I thought it was appropriate, but never really thought about why they were needed.

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  2. Those hyphens are almost as tricky as commas. Maybe they hang out together in bars or something. Gotta avoid those “bad crowds.”

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  3. M. Oniker says:

    Great. I am reading this before bedtime, and now I have to contemplate what a government-mandated brain implant would be like during this administration. 😐

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