Writing Glitch #351

Today’s glitch:


(Mercenary Proofreader strongly dislikes the term nanite — he prefers nanobot, if only because critter will probably never catch on as a slang term for ultra-tiny robots, particularly those used for medical or other bio-related purposes — but he is willing to tolerate it when someone is paying him. 🙂 )

Supersoldier ought to be one word. Yes, even though WordPress’ spell checker is red-squiggling it. (For the record, though, WordPress’ spell checker is red-squiggling nanite but not nanobot.) That particular glitch isn’t a big deal, though; leave it as two words if you want.

On the other hand, the example sentence is compound, which means… Class? Anyone? Right: it requires a comma before the conjunction.

It is the year 20XX. England is inhabited by nanite-enhanced supersoldiers, and artistic expression is punishable by death.

The XX just means the creator of the writing prompt didn’t want to be too specific about the year; insert whatever two digits seem appropriate, or just don’t worry about it.


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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