Writing Glitch 1050

No, you didn’t miss one. It’s just that, because of something I read this morning, I don’t feel like sharing the previous post in the line-up; the example had some ugly themes lurking under the guise of “trying to help.”

Anyway, today’s glitch:

Crave for is incorrect; delete for (both times). (You can hunger for or yearn for, but you just crave, without a preposition.)

Add a comma after less. Add another comma after food. Add yet another comma after oversleep. (Yes, that’s one word.)

“If you sleep less, you crave junk food, and if you oversleep, you crave more sleep.”

“Fun” fact: not getting enough sleep (often but not always) causes cravings for carbohydrates, which are not necessarily “junk food,” just as not all junk foods are primarily carbs. (*smiles in contemplation of homemade whole-wheat bread because the clone has taken to baking with great enthusiasm*)



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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3 Responses to Writing Glitch 1050

  1. M. Oniker says:

    I don’t know why, but today’s glitch is more annoying than a lot of them. I think it is more the subject matter, and how it is presented, than the actual grammar glitch. Carbs gets thrown around so wrong, so often. If it ain’t a fat or a protein (or alcohol), then it is a carb. Junk food = carb. Tell that to the burger, the chicken. Tell that to the mayo. Carb = bread and potatoes only. Tell that to the carrots. Sigh. Mmmmm, homemade bread. That’s one of my faves. I love baking bread. It is like creating life and I am a god. Then I bake it and eat it. Bwahahaha.

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    • Winemaking is kinda like that, too. It’s “mad science” and a tasty beverage.

      I, too, am tired of people who spout, ‘Carbs are bad, mmmkay?’ Don’t eat carbs, ’cause carbs are bad.’ They also say, ‘Don’t eat fat, ’cause fat is bad.’ And that protein, especially but not limited to animal protein, causes violent behavior or increased intelligence or something else they don’t approve of. (It was an increase in the amount of fat in the diet that allowed our hominid ancestors to evolve larger brains… which, now that I think about it, could explain part of what’s wrong with the ‘fat-free lattes and rice cakes for every meal’ crowd.)

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      • M. Oniker says:

        Well that sounds like a party, crafted wine and homemade bread. A little local sourced (hyphenated? argh! have I mentioned I hate hyphens) cheese, fruit in season, we could yuppie the millennial hell out of it.

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