Writing Glitch 994

Today’s glitch:

Change 5 to five.

Different than is wrong. (No, really, I don’t care that ‘a lot of people say/write it that way.’ It’s still wrong. So is different to, by the way.) Change to different from.

I’m not sure if the writer meant now different, or if that’s a typo and they meant no different. The latter makes more sense to me, because in context, the lack of change is more interesting. (Why haven’t they changed, if anyone else would have? Is human an important word in this summary: the roommate not changing indicates that the roommate isn’t human? Otherwise, it’s just a story about, ‘Oh, my roommate didn’t sleep for five days, and now she’s, like, all nice and stuff instead of being a total meanie like she usually is.’ *yawn*)

Every human has an inner being that is kept in check by sleeping. Good people have demons, and bad people have angels. Your roommate hasn’t slept for five days, and they’re no different from usual.



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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