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Light-year (or lightyear): The distance light can travel through a vacuum during one Earth-standard year. Light year: A year with less mass (weight) than an Earth-standard year. Lite year: A year with fewer calories than an Earth-standard year. (It may … 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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Thoughts, observations, and a rant or two… plus something about how my clone-sibling’s novel is going

I’m not sure why I’m thinking of this now… Probably something to do with the start of “cedar fever” season in this part of the country. (Or maybe it’s Jon’s fault — you know how fictional people can be sometimes.) … 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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Writing Glitch 943

Today’s glitch: Argh! Popular is not a synonym for common! Change! Also, it’s not the most common form of precipitation because of what scientists think about it; it would happen with the same frequency (whatever that is) even if there … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 942

Today’s glitch: Don’t capitalize universe. Otherwise, keep on writing science-y stuff in a science-y way, with scientific notation for huge numbers and all that. If you, like, totally hate anything in passive voice because your high school English teacher — … Continue reading

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