words to write by

(i) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

(ii) Never us a long word where a short one will do.

(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.

(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.


Blogger Gaute said...

Den første er særdeles vanskelig å håndheve på norsk. Prøv f.eks. å skrive om en festival uten å bruke uttrykket "gå av stabelen".

June 12, 2006 7:43 pm  

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