[Dixielandjazz] Re: Rules for Writing

Jim Denham james at jiming.demon.co.uk
Wed Feb 26 00:17:45 PST 2003

"When I split an infinitive it stays split"
-Raymond Chandler

In message <171.1b32fa39.2b8d1738 at aol.com>, JimDBB at aol.com writes
>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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Jim Denham

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