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Writing Glitch 982

Today’s glitch: Change 9 to nine. (Even the Associated Press Stylebook says to spell this out rather than using the numeral.) Add a comma after recon team. Change 9th to ninth. Bizarre word choice alert: Why say biosphere instead of … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 951

Today’s glitch: There isn’t anything wrong here (aside from needing 63 changed to sixty-three), but  it’s certainly awkward/unnecessarily wordy. Try this: With sixty-three moons, Jupiter has the most for any planet in the solar system. (I changed our solar system … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 950

Today’s glitch: First, don’t capitalize sun. (You’re tired of reading that? Well, I’m tired of needing to say it.) Second, change was to were. (The least jargon-filled version of an explanation: The described scenario is extremely unlikely if not downright … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 947

Today’s glitch: Don’t capitalize planet (it’s a common noun, not a proper name) or clockwise (it’s an adjective, for cryin’ out loud!). The creator of this example ignored the existence of any extrasolar planets that may or may not also … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 945

Today’s glitch: Don’t capitalize astronaut. Change 2 to two. (That sentence must look really scary to people who rely on phonetics alone, rather than context and whatnot, to tell them how to spell a word. *wicked-yet-also-exasperated editor grin*) An astronaut … Continue reading

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