Writing Glitch #467

Today’s glitch:

Hyphenate time-traveling.

Add a comma after travel through time.

In the last sentence, change close with to close to.

Delete the extra period at the end. (I’m pretending that’s a doubled period rather than a two-dot “ellipsis,” even though I know better: there cannot be this many people who make the same typo over and over again.

You’re a time-traveling biographer. You travel through time, befriending historical figures to better understand them. However, you’ve gotten a little too close to your most recent subject.



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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5 Responses to Writing Glitch #467

  1. I think that two dots like that is called a partial ellipsis. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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  2. I really need to research when to hyphenate 🙂

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  3. Yes! Why don’t people hyphenate stuff properly anymore? They’ve gotten very inconsistent 😊

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    • I think the reason many writers don’t hyphenate correctly is the same as the reason they don’t punctuate correctly at all: they weren’t taught how to do it, because their teachers didn’t know how, either. To make matters worse, university students (some of whom will go on to teach others) are now being told that punctuation “interferes with communication and self-expression” or some such twaddle. (On the other hand, I was told a few years ago that writing interferes with communication and self-expression, so maybe that’s just what “normal” people believe now. *shrug*)

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  4. curioushart says:

    It sounds like a most excellent adventure.

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