Writing Glitch #463

Today’s glitch:

Always use a comma to separate a direct address (what you’re calling whomever you’re talking to) from the rest of the sentence.

The subject nouns/pronouns have been left out of the second (compound) sentence, but it is still a compound sentence. (In the first half, the subject is I; in the second half, which is an imperative sentence even though it’s a “nice” one, the subject is you.)

Hyphenate stress-free because those words function together as a single adjective to describe day.

Add a comma after day and capitalize It’s.

Good morning, everyone! Hope everyone has a positive and stress-free day, and don’t forget to smile. It’s almost the weekend!

Some people are too hyperactively cheerful, not to mention aggressive about telling everyone around them to smile. Telling other people to smile is not nearly as friendly as they seem to think it is.



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 #463

  1. Sigh. How many people saw this and didn’t catch the run-on sentence or the need to hyphenate “stress-free”? Love your glitches! Please keep on posting them.

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  2. You are correct about telling people to smile. One usually only tells people one finds inferior to smile. Smiling, anthropologists believe, is a way to show we are non-threatening, so it denotes a lower position with less power.

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