Writing Glitch #14

Today’s glitch:


Ignore the Really Bad Science, okay? We’re just here for the mechanics of writing… Well, go ahead and discuss the Really Bad Science  and Even Worse Ethics in the comments if you want to — I won’t mind one bit — but the point of this thing is the mechanics of writing, so please at least test yourself to see if you can spot the errors.


The year is 2021. The newest fad is clone clubs, where visitors can spend up to twelve hours with a clone of any person whose DNA they provide. The clones are disposed of afterward.

The year is 2021 and Teh Internetz has done away with noun-verb agreement cos its lots betters to not care is the noun singular and the verb plural and does that make sense lol and noone has time 4 commas and stuff……… Also, everyone who believed that an exact physical copy of a human is a human, too, got killed during the riots, along with those old fuddy-duddies who went around saying you can’t copy a mind and personality along with DNA. And to think we could’ve had a zombie apocalypse in 2017 and avoided this whole ugly mess… *sigh*

(I don’t actually believe the Internet has caused people to be less literate or less educated, by the way. It only enables those who believe Grammer Dont Matter and Ed-Yoo-Cate-Shin “R” Stoopid ™ to share their views with the world, just as it enables those who believe that literacy is a good thing.)


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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