[Dixielandjazz] Re: Rules for Writing
dingle at baldwin-net.com
Tue Feb 25 15:40:29 PST 2003
Common current usage says go ahead and use a preposition at the end of a
sentence. Better than the convoluted, awkward, and contrived sentences that
arise from trying to avoid using one at the end.
Recall, if you can, Churchill's take on that subject.
PS - Beebe's use of "sucks" in regards to valve trombone could use some
classing up. Perhaps "recently applied siphoning?" Jim always has been a bit
----- Original Message -----
From: <JimDBB at aol.com>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 2:00 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Re: Rules for Writing
> In a message dated 2/25/03 11:27:38 AM Central Standard Time,
> charliehooks at earthlink.net writes:
> > X-INFO: INVALID TO LINE
> > In my never-ending quest to improve the use of written English, I offer
> > 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
> > 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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