Writing Glitch 888

Today’s glitch:

Here’s the thing about OK/okay: Either use the letters and capitalize them or spell the word out. Don’t do both. (Spelling it out and writing it in all capitals as if it were an acronym or whatnot makes it look as if you’re “shouting,” internet-style, and in this example, extra emphasis on okay makes no sense.)

“Don’t ask me if I’m okay. I’m acting like I’m okay, but please don’t interrupt my performance.”

or

“Don’t ask me if I’m OK. I’m acting like I’m OK, but please don’t interrupt my performance.”

(Some people will have a screaming conniption fit over the use of like to mean as if — I know this because I’ve seen it happen. Like is less formal, but people usually are less formal in dialogue, so… Also, if like is “wrong” here because it’s informal, why is this person saying okay instead of all right?)

About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live 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 eight cats. 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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