Tuesday, 26th November 2013
by Joshua Gaskell
Researching various style guides online (as I am wont to do) I note that, ironically, the website which ungrammatically presses words together, also offers a mealy-mouthed, ten-point proofreading function to its users.
Those faggots* should take a long, hard look† at themselves before they effrontuously‡ imply that a writer’s raison d’etre§ is not to unturn‖ the key in the lock¶ of the door marked “prescription and proscription”, which separates her from the heteroglossic☞ potentialities (it is thought**) of writing that takes the reader to a place†† from‡‡ whence they can’t bear to return.
* Bias language may offend or alienate different groups of readers.
† Clichés are overused** phrases with little reader impact.
‡ Complex phrases are words or phrases with simpler every-day alternatives.
§ Diacritical marks are accents and marks attached to letters in some nouns and words borrowed from other languages. This option helps restore these marks in your writing.
‖ A double negative is one negative phrase followed by another. The negatives cancel each other out, making the meaning hard to understand.
¶ A hidden verb is a verb made into a noun. These often need extra verbs to make sense.
☞ Jargon phrases are foreign words and phrases that only make sense to certain people.
** Passive voice obscures or omits the sentence subject. Frequent use of passive voice makes your writing hard to understand.
†† Phrases to avoid are wishy-washy or indecisive phrases.
‡‡ Redundant phrases can be** shortened by removing an unneeded word.