Oh Heck! More Quirky Writing Errors
What do writers and brown bears have in common?
I could probably come up with some good analogies, but the truth is that I found gobs of hyphenated words in two different articles (one a blog post on writing, the other a newspaper article about brown bears) and wanted to share them in this post. See my previous articles about hyphenated words here:
Phrasal adjectives that need a hyphen
mate-swapping brown bears
multi-published, bestselling authors
post-deadline catatonic stupor
pre-conference panic attack
Jami Gold, “Insights from Bestselling Authors” (blog post)
Even in the worst-case scenario, where we’re receiving rejections because we’re not yet “good enough,” we can study writing craft and change our fate.
“Famed Katmai National Park (Alaska) brown bears ready for season 2” by Mark Thiessen, Associated Press, The Press of Atlantic City, July, 2013.
A high-definition webcam captures a brown bear as it climbs on top of Brooks Falls for a better angle at salmon swimming upstream in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. (photo caption)
Stars snarling at each other, mate-swapping dominant males posturing and establishing their territory.”
Katmai is a cost-prohibitive place to visit…
The new (web) camera is at eye-level of the bears…
Here are more compound adjectives (phrasal adjectives) I gathered from today’s newspaper:
More examples of adverbs ending in -ly that do not need a hyphen
frequently asked questions
freshly made pastas
gently used items
randomly generated questions
highly regarded citizen
Examples of adverbs not ending in -ly that need hyphens
Here’s a final thought from the Oxford University Press style manual
“If you take hyphens seriously, you will surely go mad.”
Your turn: What quirky errors do you find in writing? Which ones annoy you the most?
Janice Hall Heck is a retired educator and now
nitpicky editor of On the Horizon, a bi-monthly community newsletter for Horizons at Woods Landing, Mays Landing, NJ.