Grammer and speeling

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How To Write Good – continuation of speeling and grammer

How To Write Good

 by Frank L. Visco

 My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:

  1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. Avoid clichés 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 clichés.
  13. Don’t be redundant; don’t more use words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
  14. Profanity sucks.
  15. Be more or less specific.
  16. Understatement is always best.
  17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  20. The passive voice is to be avoided.
  21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  22. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  23. Who needs rhetorical questions?
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YA Set of Rules for Writing Good.

Derived from William Safire’s Rules for Writers

  1. Parenthetical words however must be enclosed in commas.
  2. It behooves you to avoid archaic expressions.
  3. Avoid archaeic spellings too.
  4. Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
  5. Don’t use commas, that, are not, necessary.
  6. Do not use hyperbole; not one in a million can do it effectively.
  7. Never use a big word when a diminutive alternative would suffice.
  8. Subject and verb always has to agree.
  9. Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.
  10. Use youre spell chekker to avoid mispeling and to catch typograhpical errers.
  11. Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
  12. Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.
  13. Don’t never use no double negatives.
  14. Poofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  15. Hopefully, you will use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
  16. Eschew obfuscation.
  17. No sentence fragments.
  18. Don’t indulge in sesquipedalian lexicological constructions.
  19. A writer must not shift your point of view.
  20. Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!
  21. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
  22. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
  23. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  24. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  25. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
  26. Always pick on the correct idiom.
  27. The adverb always follows the verb.
  28. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
  29. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing.
  30. And always be sure to finish what
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My Aunt Ruth – The last of my aunts and uncles

Obituary 

Ruth McKinney 

RUTH CARTER MCKINNEY, 94 ROCKFORD – Ruth Carter McKinney, 94, of Rockford passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at home. Born Oct. 18, 1917, in Stokesdale, N.C., the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Morton and Yancey Lingon Carter. Married L. Carlton McKinney in 1941. Ruth worked as an administrative secretary for the Billy Graham Association in Minneapolis for more than 25 years. During those years she co-authored two books. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church, where she had been an active participant for more than 25 years. She treasured her friends there and deeply felt the spiritual companionship. Ruth graduated from Rock Valley College with an associate degree in Spanish when she was 80. She volunteered at La Voz Latina and was an active member of the YWCA. She helped write many term papers for her grandchildren and was a whiz at Scrabble. Survived by children, Carol (Ted Landphair) Highsmith and Sara (Dan) Akerlund; grandchildren, Karna (Rick) Erickson, Nels (Anna) Akerlund and Carl (Andrea) Akerlund; great-grandchildren, Adele, Clara, Elsa Erickson, Gavin and Ella Akerlund. A special thank you and love to her friend and caregiver for more than 11 years, Lidia Garcia. Predeceased by husband and 15 brothers and sisters. Memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., with the Rev. Bill Patterson officiating. Private family burial prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent in her memory to Temple Baptist Church, 3215 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108; or Heartland Hospice, 6885 Vistagreen Way, Rockford, IL 61107; or St. James School, 409 N. First St., Rockford, IL 61107. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh .com.
 
Published in Rockford Register Star from June 9 to June 10, 2012
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Doing Good

A peacemaker trained by The Rotary Foundation travels from England to Australia.

“>Doing Good By Promoting Peace from Rotary International on Vimeo.

 

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Welcome.  :-)

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