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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Great Rules of Writing

Do not put statements in the negative form.

And don't start sentences with a conjunction.

If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.

De-accession euphemisms.

If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.





~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"

1 comment:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Those gave me a chuckle!

L. Diane Wolfe
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