Tuesday, 16 February 2010

The Anti-Grammar Rules: Top 10 List

I couldn't resist.

When something I appreciate comes along, I love to talk about it. Promote it. And possibly exploit it. All in the good name of spreading the wonderful words, of course.
And so, without further apologies, here's a minor stealing, I mean borrowing, from the wonderful 'My Grammar & I' - what they call the 'Grammar Rules (to avoid)', and what I like to refer to as:

The Anti-Grammar Rules: Top 10 List

1) Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
Remember to never split an infinitive. 
Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary. 
Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice. 
5) Use words correctly, irregardless of how other elude to them.
Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.
Eliminate unnecessary references. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, 'I hate quotations.' 
Who needs rhetorical questions?
9)Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
10)Last, but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.

To try to give full due to this list, it's from 'My Grammar and I' by Caroline Taggart and J. A. Wines, which I reviewed a while back here.

And the authors themselves include the note: *Inspired by William Safire's 'Fumblerules', first published in the New York Times, 1979. So that should have me covered!

Additions to the above list and other thoughts and contributions are, as ever, welcome.

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