Category Archives: Writing Glitches

Writing Glitch 1092

Today’s glitch: Y’know how titles of books are supposed to be italicized? (You do know that, right?) Well, this rule applies even when the title is mentioned in dialogue. “It’s like Lord of the Flies out there.” (If the title … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1090

Today’s first glitch: Obviously sacrificed is misspelled. So is teaching. Change 14th to fourteenth. Change ticked of to ticked off. (Also, ticked off is, in my opinion, far too mild an expression for the degree of anger one would expect … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1089

Today’s glitch: If we were using this as a direct quote — in an article about the writer, for example — we’d need to keep the awkward word choice and such intact, but since we’re not doing that… “Being able … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1088

Today’s glitch: Add a comma after happened (because the sentence is compound: it could be written as two separate, complete sentences if you deleted the conjunction and). Add end punctuation at the end of the sentence. “Someone knows what happened, … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1087

Today’s glitch: Add a comma before either. No one can shrug a sentence. (Don’t try to talk to me about, ‘But… sign language!’ It’s not the same thing, and you know it.) Since the shrug itself is probably important (adds/clarifies … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1086

Today’s glitch: A smirk is a facial expression; it is not speech, nor does it contain words in some other method of communication, such as sign language. It is not possible for anyone to smirk a sentence or a word, … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1085

Today’s glitch: What’s with the all-caps for the name of the park? *shakes head* That’s not the way to capitalize names. The verbs are wonky, too. Recent implies something that happened in the not-distant past, whereas the verbs are all … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1084

Today’s glitch: Either add periods after a and m or capitalize both letters. (The numeral 4 is correct only because of the unit of measure immediately after it; if you didn’t use a.m./AM, you’d need to write it as four … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1083

Today’s glitch: The first sentence is the speaker repeating (quoting) something said to her. Help me should be written inside single quotation marks (because the whole thing is already inside double quotation marks), although the question mark belongs outside them. … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1082

Today’s glitch: How it should look: There’s a mysterious, magical lake in the dark woods. Brave knights who fall in never return. One day while on patrol, you fall in, but several days later you pull yourself out. No one … Continue reading

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