Writing Glitch 946

Today’s glitch:

You know you’re not supposed to capitalize sun, right? Well, guess what that means about capitalizing moon

Either capitalize all of Southern Hemisphere (as the name of a region — fully half, as it happens — of the Earth) or don’t capitalize either word. Ditto for Northern (Hemisphere).

“This is because we’re on a spherical planet.” D’uh! What other kind is there? If you want to keep that sentence at all, change to This is because the Earth is a sphere.

Up is up; the explanation for why the moon looks different, depending on where on Earth the observer is located, is somehow both logical and nonsensical in how it’s expressed here, and that takes some doing! I recommend just deleting all that about standing with the head up, because of course your head is up when you’re standing, unless specifically stated otherwise.

The moon appears upside-down in the Southern Hemisphere, compared to how it looks in the Northern Hemisphere. This is because the Earth is spherical, so observers on each side of the planet are viewing the moon from opposite directions.

That’s better, at least.




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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