Writing Glitch #402

Today’s glitch:

First, don’t assume your audience is ignorant just because you only recently learned something. 🙂

Middle-earth should be written with a hyphen but no capitalization of the e in earth (because this is how Tolkien himself wrote it).

Add a comma after Middle-earth.

Change alongside to with (because alongside is awkward and doesn’t mean quite the same thing as with anyway).

I don’t know what the writer of the list was thinking, but achieved is very much the wrong verb for that sentence. I changed achieved to saw to it. I also replaced in order to with so he could.

Add the before company.

After Aragorn died, Legolas headed to the Grey Havens to leave Middle-earth, taking Gimli with him. Galadriel saw to it that the Dwarf was admitted into the Undying Lands so he could spend the rest of his days in the company of his best friend.

Kudos to the person who made that list, though, for spelling Grey correctly.

(I bet you’re curious about what WordPress’ spelling checker made of the proper nouns in this post… It wants me to change Legolas to Lego’s and Galadriel to Gamaliel. *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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