Writing Glitch #458

Today’s glitch:

Most numbers should be spelled out instead of written in numerals: fifty-eight, not 58.

Hyphenate fifty-eight-year-old (compound adjective describing woman).

Get rid of the comma after woman.

Add a comma after home. (Yes, I like the Oxford comma, because I find it makes sentences so much clearer. As smol snecks would say in snek memes, Don’t like? Heck you. Am doing a grammar.)

Why, for cryin’ out loud, would anyone capitalize an adjective such as level-headed? Why?

A shy fifty-eight-year-old woman who comes from a wealthy family, lives in an architect-designed home, and tends to work too hard. She is level-headed and efficient.



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 #458

  1. curioushart says:

    Writing a note to self: “Send Mom more labels and two book bags.” This is a note to ME! Yet I do not use a numeral for the number two. I think a habit has just been born.

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