Writing Glitch #366

Today’s glitch:


What is this, the 1950s, when every scientist was referred to by the media, as a matter of course, as a brilliant scientist?

Don’t capitalize scientist.

Delete the comma after virus.

Virus is singular, not plural; refer to a virus as it, not them. (Yes, I know it’s actually a gazillion of the things, but it’s still virus, not a collection of different kinds.)

A brilliant scientist has created a horrible virus and placed it in special containers around the world, designed to release their contents on a special date.


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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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #366

  1. curioushart says:

    Sometimes I like to change stereotypical adjectives just to see what a character looks like. “gracious scientist” “gullible explorer” “mushy individual”

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