Don’t Do That!

I love rules that violate themselves. Somewhere on the Internet, I’m sure, you’ll find a long list. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Avoid cliches like the plague.
  • A preposition is something you should never end a sentence with.
  • Every sentence a verb.
  • Eschew obfuscation.
  • No more than one exclamation point is needed for emphasis!!!!!

And here are a few that I came up with myself:

  • An affectation unnecessary is word order inverted.
  • It must have an antecedent.
  • Using a mixed metaphor will dump a bucket of cold water on your souffle.
  • A comma-splice is when two independent clauses are connected with the word “and” and a comma-splice is poor usage and you should avoid comma-splices.
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