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From: John(HI) (72.130.111.84)
Subject:         How to write good.
Date: April 3, 2015 at 10:41 am PST

By Frank L. Visco
(with some editorial paraphrasing)

1. Always avoid alliteration.
2. Prepositions are not to be used to end a sentence with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague.
4. Employ the vernacular. Your cyber friends will click onto your email.
5. Eschew ampersands & other symbols*, etc.
* Examples - # $ % ^ ( )
6. Parenthetical remarks are unnecessary (however relevant).
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions aren't necessary.
9. Foreign words and phrases are verboten.
10. One should never generalize.
11. Avoid quotations. As 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;
don't be superfluous.
14. BTW, innocent use of certain abbreviations or acronyms may be profane. WTF?
15. Be more or less specific.
16. Understatement is okay.
17. Exaggeration is a million times worse than understatement.
18. One word sentences? Avoid.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be avoided.
21. Avoiding colloquialisms is harder than skinning a cat.
22. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
23. People and chickens don't lay down. People lie down; chickens lay eggs.
24. That which you infer from what some imply,
you may imply, not infer, to others.
25. Who needs rhetorical questions?

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