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Thread poster: Desi_vdb

United Kingdom
Local time: 11:51
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Nov 17, 2004

Very funny. Found it on:
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1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
4. Employ the vernacular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions aren't necessary.
9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
10. One should never generalize.
11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly
14. Be more or less specific.
15. Understatement is always best.
16. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
17. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
19. The passive voice is to be avoided.
20. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
21. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
22. And who needs rhetorical questions?

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Yolande Haneder  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:51
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...and always write in your mother tongue Nov 17, 2004

That is all what I have to say.


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Marion Schimmelpfennig  Identity Verified
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another rule Nov 17, 2004

23. And never begin a sentence with "and".

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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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another rule Nov 17, 2004

24. Believe me, you can't trust any advisers!

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