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Tiny writing errors that bug me....

I love to read - no secret there :p - and the breadth and depth of talent that I find just freely floating around the web in various fics is astonishing.  However, there are a few things that I see over and over again that are small-ish mistakes but are getting to be like nails on a chalkboard for me, and they are:

1. Reign vs. rein - one is the queen, or something such like, presiding over her peoples, the other is the piece of leather on a horse's bridle that attaches to the bit and slows the 1000 plus lb. animal down so that eventually you stop (and has come into general usage as a term to pull back or slow things down).
So, when I read - "he reigned in his temper".... just... just.... argh! *bangs head against the nearest wall* NO! It makes no sense, whatsoever! In short, spell-checker is not always a writer's friend, and, please, get the 'g' out of there.... please, please, I'm begging you *sob*!

2.The use of the comma when it comes to indicating someone in conversation. This is important as it can change, completely, the meaning of the sentence.
For example: "Let's go eat, Ted." Most likely means that person A would like to take Ted out to dinner.
                      "Let's go eat Ted." Could possibly mean that person A, and the person/people being spoken to, are zombies/cannibals looking for a rather human shaped snack - namely the poor sod Ted.  In the right context this could work, but most of the time NO!! With the comma it indicates who is being spoken to, without it the meaning is modified by the word directly in front of it.
Usually, the meaning of the sentence is fairly clear without the comma, but sometimes it just makes things confusing.

*phew* *gets off soapbox and kicks it back under the bed* - I'm sure there's a lot more out there that bug people - feel free to rant here if you like - it made me feel better ;)
(P.S. I ain't perfect in any way, shape, or form - please feel free to correct any of my grammar. Semi-colons are still a semi-mystery to me, any explanations are appreciated!)

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fanspired
Sep. 19th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
bugs
Punctuation saves lives. (And let's not even get started on apostrophes and plurals :P )
ferrous_wheeler
Sep. 20th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: bugs
Yes, poor Ted, a lowly comma stands between him and either having dinner or being dinner lol!
tari_roo
Sep. 30th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
*facepalm* I just realised... I do that reign/rein thing. Do and have done. *hangs head in shame*

Forgive me? *peeks out behind hands*

In my defence, I think the letter G is stalking me :)
ferrous_wheeler
Oct. 1st, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
Forgive, hmmmm, well, considering you don't like one of my fav movies French Kiss... ;p Who am I kidding! You've got more writing talent in your pinky than I've ever had! Just smack that g back where it belongs when it tries to sneak up on you ;)
Into each life some reign must fall ;p (*snort* I am such an idiot XD )
P.S. Love your icon! :)

Edited at 2012-10-01 01:47 pm (UTC)
tari_roo
Oct. 2nd, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
*salutes* Yes ma'am! G's smacked as required.

I love my icon too! *hugs Mr Depp*
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