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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, “Great Rules of Writing”

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Top Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

The Oatmeal is an assortment of random truths, absurd humor, and biting sarcasm. There are comics, not only about grammar, but also about cats, food, and technology!

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Good grammar must come before stylish syntax. One cannot create snazzy-dazzling words without first having the skeleton, muscles, and nervous system of the written language structured. After all, an architect doesn’t start with the crown molding before putting up the walls.

In today’s spell-checker loving society, I feel proofreading and self-editing is taken for granted. Many of us, too lazy or too faithful in technology, finish a draft and feel that if there are no squiggly lines uglifying our paper, it is good to go.

Wrong.

And I will have Taylor Mali tell you why in a most entertaining and creative way. (Be warned, there are adult themes. Which make his performance that much funnier, but use your discretion.)

Indeed, the red pen is our friend. Or just simple re-reading and editing within a word processing program.

Personally, I like editing on a physical paper. It is typically easier for me to see my mistakes, whether it be grammar, structure, or style. I can add scenes physically and see the layout of a story or essay. Others, I know, prefer to do the entire writing, proofreading, editing, and revising on a word document. I myself have done it, but there is something about the physical paper that makes editing easier and more enjoyable for me.

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