The Lifewriter’s Digest’s Don Nylin of Illinois wrote “Ain’t Grammar Fun: Words to the Wise (or is that, Wise Words?)”, a humorous look at grammar gaffs and reminders of how we should, or shouldn’t write in English.
Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
6. Always avoid annoying alliteration.
7. Be more or less specific.
9. Also, too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be ignored.
22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
23. Kill all exclamation points!!!!
27. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
33. Exaggeration is a million times worse than understatement.
34. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
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