Writing Glitch 987

Today’s glitch:

Voluminous is used incorrectly; that word means billowy/loose and flowing, not big. (This is what happens when you don’t use a dictionary to keep your pet thesaurus in check.) Replace it with an appropriate adjective.

The ampersand (&) is used incorrectly, too. Replace it with and. Then add a comma before and.

The end of the example sentence… *shakes head* I understand (and strongly agree with) the sentiment expressed, but it is expressed badly. All opinions are not equal actually means all opinions are unequal, and that’s not what the writer was trying to say. (I know it’s currently trendy or whatever to tell new writers that they must Avoid Negative Statements At All Costs — yes, friends, those are sarcasm/snark capitals — but seriously, what the fuck? Do these people even think about what their words and sentences mean, or do they just flap their fingers at the keyboard like the proverbial infinite chimpanzees and hope for the best?) Word order matters; all are not doesn’t mean the same as not all are. Change that last bit to not all opinions are equal.

Repeating “evolution is a hoax” like a mantra is much simpler than reading a huge book on alleles, phenotypes, and observable genetic drift, but it’s also the perfect example of why not all opinions are equal.


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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