Writing Glitch 948

Today’s glitch:

Delete the colon after know (and replaced it with a question mark). An ellipsis before the question mark would be okay.

Do not hyphenate 225 million. (You can write that out as two hundred twenty-five million if you like.)

Change rotates to revolves. (Yes, these are very different terms; the first means spinning in place, basically, and the other means going around in a circle. Rotation is what causes Earth’s day and night, but revolution is what gives us years.)

If you want to keep that last line, capitalize Now and add end punctuation.

Did you know…?

The solar system revolves around the galaxy once every 225 million years. The last time we were in our current position, dinosaurs were just beginning to walk the Earth!

…Now you do.

(Yeah, I know this is highly inaccurate, scientifically, because of many factors. Gotta start somewhere, this is almost certainly not aimed at an audience who knows much science anyway, and kudos to the writer for daring to mention dinosaurs, because these days, even that could provoke the wrath of excessively anti-intellectual types.)



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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