[Dixielandjazz] Re: Rules for Writing

JimDBB at aol.com JimDBB at aol.com
Tue Feb 25 14:00:08 PST 2003

In a message dated 2/25/03 11:27:38 AM Central Standard Time, 
charliehooks at earthlink.net writes:

> In my never-ending quest to improve the use of written English, I offer the
> following rules:
>                       RULES FOR WRITING
> Do not put sentences in the negative form.
> And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
> Avoid cliches like the plague.
> Prepositions are not words to end a sentence with.
> Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
> Be more or less specific.
> The passive voice is to be avoided.
> Also, avoid awkward or affected alliteration.
> If any word is inappropriate at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
> Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
> 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.
> Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
> Avoid repetitive redundancies.
> One should never generalize.
> Contractions aren't appropriate.
> Understatement is always best.
> Exaggeration is a hundred times worse than understatement.
> Analogies are like feathers on a snake.
> Avoid ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
> Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
> Who needs rhetorical questions?
> It is bad grammar to ever split an infinitive.
> Profanity makes the writer look like an asshole.
> helpfully submitted,
> Charlie

   Delightful, Charlie Hooks.  Is this your creation?

   Jim Beebe
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