Sometime over the weekend, some troll felt the need to leave a comment on literally every post here that deals in some way with grammar or other aspects of copyediting: “Get a life!!” Even if they typed that only once and thereafter copy-and-pasted it to all the other posts… *shakes head* Does anyone else see the irony in commenting on hundreds of blog posts, telling the author of those posts to “get a life”?
So that happened.
I have a new “glitch” for you anyway… ’cause I don’t have a life, right?
Usually, I wouldn’t take any real notice of something like this. Normal humans sometimes leave commas out of sentences that ought to have them, after all. (So does my twin, who is not a normal human by most definitions.) However, the person who wrote this “glitch” self-identifies as “a great editor.” Such a person, in my opinion, ought to be held to a higher standard when it comes to the basics of punctuation. (Grr. Argh. Frustrated and disappointed copyeditor is frustrated with/disappointed in some of his so-called peers.)
The fact that I think professional editors ought to know stuff such as standard comma usage just proves that I don’t have a life, doesn’t it? Next thing you know, I’ll say I think professional bus drivers ought to know how to drive and be able to see.
(No, I’m not sarcastic — “internet wisdom” says I don’t even know what sarcasm is! *Weaver’s sarcasm-usage meter redlines, makes a weird boing noise, and catches fire* Drat. That’s the second sarcasm-usage meter I’ve broken this month, and I haven’t even been blogging much.)
Anyway. Having shown you the glitch, I now have to explain how to correct it:
- Add a comma after the introductory/adverbial phrase For a great editor like me (and try not to snerk too hard, okay?).
- You may add a comma after Last year if you like, although it’s not strictly necessary.
- There ought to be a hyphen joining the redacted number to word, because these function together as a single adjective modifiying jumble, and another hyphen before word to make a compound adjective modifying excellence (which is used incorrectly/in a non-standard manner here).
- Add a comma after excellence.
- Add a comma after it.
(I feel sorry for anyone who has paid “Skip” to copyedit their manuscript.)
Want to see something fun now? Okay, here’s a photo (finally) of a bookmark my sister-in-law made for me last year:
…And this one is Paul’s:
No, this is not a subtle clue about anything Paul is writing now. I just wanted to share these photos, ’cause I think they’re cool bookmarks.