Writing Glitch 1046

Today’s glitch:

Y’know, the all-too-common idea that people who are good with words must be bad at math would hold a tiny bit more weight (but still be wrong, of course) if more people who use it as an excuse for being bad at math were actually good with words and stuff. (I know that’s how this example was meant because it was posted on a board for writers, about writing: “Im a strong intelligent english major, I dont need no math,” as they sometimes like to write. *rolls eyes*)

Capitalize the first word of each sentence. (Yes, even if it’s written as a fragment.)

Use end punctuation at the end of each sentence (even if it’s a fragment).

Delete the comma after feeling.

Add a comma after Me.

You know that awesome feeling when you finally understand math?

Me, neither.

I don’t know the feeling of finally understanding math, because I didn’t struggle with it in the first place. I realize it violates a popular — although ridiculous and illogical — worldview, but some people are good with both numbers and words, just as some people are good with neither… and that’s okay. You don’t have to be the world’s greatest math wiz; just don’t use, “I’m a word nerd so I can’t do basic addition even with a calculator!” as your reason for not being “in love with numbers” (and if you feel you must use it, at least use correct grammar and punctuation the way a “word nerd” should).


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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