Robbed by bad grammar: Stick up vs. stickup

Don’t let these two words hold up your writing!

Stickup is a noun meaning a robbery at gunpoint, as in That convenience store has seen more stickups this year than any other in New York City.

Stick up is a verb in which a person raises his or her hands straight up in the air, which is what police will ask a robber to do when caught, as in “Stick up your hands!” the Los Angeles policeman shouted.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.