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Good article. Here is an old email joke on the same subject.
How To Write Good
1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
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 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. One-word sentences? Eliminate. Cease. Desist.
17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
18. The passive voice is to be avoided.
19. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
20. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
21. Who needs rhetorical questions?
22. When showcasing clauses, readers should not be treated to your dangling ones.
23. Whomsoever mixes up “who” and “whom” needs a grammar lesson from whoever.
24. Avoid scatological terms and sh***y metaphors that float like turds on the page.
25. Use punctuation marks grammatically :-)
26. Just between you and I, too many writers don't follow up preps with the objective case.
27. If tense is kept consistent, writing would have been better understood.
28. Use commas, and semi-colons; judiciously and correctly, they help to set apart, and clarify, items, fragments, and sentences.
29. Know the difference between Proper Nouns and common ones.
30. In my opinion, I think the use of first person should be minimized in all but personal narratives, but that’s just me.
31. Don’t arm your writing with puns that aren’t humerus (ha!), and never draw attention to wordplay.
32. Subject and verb needs to agree.
33. Minimize the indiscriminate, excessive use of extraneous and wordy adjectives that clog up clear, concise and cogent communication.
34. Best if complete sentences.
35. It’s annoying and a waste of readers’ time when, distracted by digressions and tangential asides that meander in long, run-on sentences which only accomplished authors with a particular gift for streaming free association should even attempt and even then only under exacting editors not afraid of spilling red ink, writers don’t get to the point.
36. Since most writers today use PCs with spell-check, their is know excuse four misspellings.