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Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) William Salfire on cliches, superlatives and other misdemeanours

rules for writingDo 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

photo credit: Kerri Lee Smith – on vacation until 10/15 via photopin cc

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2 comments on “Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) William Salfire on cliches, superlatives and other misdemeanours

  1. cathum
    October 27, 2013

    Thanks for finding this. What a great show AND tell.

  2. bridget whelan
    October 27, 2013

    I love it!

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