I’m not quite sure to whom to attribute this little gem – Frank L. Visco, Grammerly.com, various bloggers across the net-waves. But, this list has been making the Facebook/Twitter/Blog rounds and I’ve only just discovered it.
It made me laugh out-loud.
On the off chance you haven’t seen it yet, or you need to be reminded of this funny list poking fun at our funny ways…
How To Write Good
- Avoid Alliteration. Always.
- Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
- Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than is necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
- It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
- Avoid clichés like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
- Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
- Be more or less specific.
- One word sentences? Eliminate.
- Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
- Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
- The passive voice is to be avoided.
- Profanity sucks.
- It behooves you to avoid archaic expressions.
- Avoid archaeic spellings, too.
- Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
- One should never generalize.
- No sentence fragments.
- Eliminate quotations. As Emerson once said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
- Who needs rhetorical questions?
- And always be sure to finish what