Writing Glitch 890

Today’s second glitch:

This one is grammatically correct, but it still has a big problem.

It’s another of those “all are not” statements that don’t mean what the writer (or speaker) thinks they mean, because the placement of the adverb (yes, an adverb — deal with it) not affects the meaning of the words around it. As written, what this example means is that nothing needs to be talked about. (Everything doesn’t = nothing does.) What the writer means is that not everything needs to be talked about (allowing the possibility that some things do need to be talked about)… so rewrite the sentence to make it say that. 

Not everything needs to be talked about.





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 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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