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Here are several very important but often forgotten rules of English:

1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 6.45.07 AM
3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
4. Employ the vernacular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions aren’t necessary.
9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
10. One should never generalize.
11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo 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; it’s highly superfluous.
14. Be more or less specific.
15. Understatement is always best.
16. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
17. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
19. The passive voice is to be avoided.
20. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
21. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
22. Who needs rhetorical questions?

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Posted by on September 26, 2016 in grammar


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VIDEO FRIDAY: “What Are You Sinking About?”

Here, friends, is one of my favorite commercials.  Having been a missionary in Germany, I found this especially humorous.

This is a profound question, isn’t it?  What are you thinking about?  Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”


1.  What do you find yourself thinking about these days?

2.  How do the Scriptures shape our thinking?  Where is your thinking being shaped by the Word of God?

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Posted by on October 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


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