Little Things That Bug Me

I’ve been editing almost all day today, and I ran across six little things I wanted to share with y’all.

#1: Dean-Stark is hyphenated; Karl Fischer is not.

#2: Homogenous and homogeneous mean the same thing, but the former is used more often when talking about chemicals or food, while the latter is used more often when talking about rocks.

#3: Rubblized, not rubbelized

#4: Liquefied, not liquified

#5: A compound subject made up of two singular nouns takes a plural verb.
Resolution and clarity are compromised when that happens.

#6: Critical means crucial or vital. It is a black-or-white, life-or-death property with no gray area. Therefore there should be no adverbs in front of it that connote a measureable degree of criticality, such as “especially critical” or “particularly critical.” It’s either critical, or it’s not.


Hilarious Typo of the Day:

Instead of being insulated, the cooler for the core samples was “insulted.”


One Response to “Little Things That Bug Me”

  1. Bill Denning Says:

    The discussion of critical calls to mind a real blood pressure raising pet peeve.

    “Unique” means that there is only one, single instance of something — it could be a person, an event, or even a characteristic.

    ESPN, CNN, et. al. notwithstanding, there is no such thing as “very unique”, “really unique”, “more unique”, and so on.

    Either something is unique or it isn’t!

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