Writing Glitch 932

Today’s glitch:

First things first: There is a simple rule (yes, rule, not mere suggestion) about when to use further versus when to use farther. The former is for figurative distance (“How much further can this nonsense go on?”), whereas the latter is for literal distances (“How much farther is it to Grandma’s house?”). Because the example sentence deals with real distances, change further to farther.

Also, don’t capitalize universe.

I recommend changing 90% to ninety percent.

(Fun fact: We cannot be certain those are the farthest galaxies, because ones farther away would be traveling, relative to us, at more than lightspeed, so we currently have no way of detecting them if they exist. This should not be mistaken for proof that such galaxies do not exist. That’s why I’m adding detectable to the example sentence.)

The farthest detectable galaxies in the universe are speeding away from us at more than ninety percent of the speed of light.


About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live 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 eight cats. 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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