Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It's All Subjective

My last post on adverbs might have been interpreted as me being picky (or judgmental). Writing and reading is subjective, so I understand the varying reactions to my post. However, it actually was my attempt at a bit of literary humor. (See, I do use adverbs. I'm quite fond of them ACTUALLY.) I'm going to quote a pro and see if he does better than me.

"Great Rules of Writing"
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
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.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~William Safire

Come on. One of those had to make you giggle.


  1. LOL I've seen a few of these "rules" and they're hilarious! :-)

  2. I can't believe I actually caught on that he was breaking the rule as he advised not to. I'm slow, but I do eventually get it! LOVE THEM. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I, for one, thought your adverb post was HILARIOUS!

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  5. Can I print that out and hang it above my desk? That's awesome.

    I agree that sometimes our subtle attempts to convey witty or ironic ideas doesn't always translate on a blog. People think we don't know how to write. It's a risk to use humor on-line when you're not there to flash your eyebrows or wink or gauge the reader's understanding based on their facial expressions.

    I don't want you to not have a good day. - G

  6. Very cute! I think I've made every single mistake at one point or another!

  7. I didn't get the joke until the second time I read it!! Doh!

    LBM xxxxxxxx

  8. This is TOO funny, Karen. Thanks for posting. Love it!

  9. Ooh, I'm guilty of a couple of those. But starting sentences with conjunctions is the worst.

  10. He forgot one!

    People in general shouldn't make generalizations.

    Also, sarcasm? Nuh-uh! ;)

  11. sarcasm, the lowest form of wit, the highest form of intelligence and =)

  12. Very funny! I thought your adverb post was funny, too.

  13. Really enjoyed this! Thanks for leading me to your blog. Following now...and looking forward to future posts!


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