Politics and the English Language, Rule 5

Rule 5: Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
Nobody likes a know-it-all. For convenience’s sake, let’s refer to all language that may baffle your readers as “jargon.” Orwell feels that using jargon is “never” a good idea. In the best case, a Read the full article…

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WineCollective.ca: Don’t Let “Pour” Writing Sour a Great Service

I recently became a member of WineCollective.ca; their catchphrase is “Extraordinary wines to your door,” and they have lived up to that challenging promise so far (you can read my review of the service on my personal blog). When they delivered my first package, I was impressed: two beautiful bottles, with a professional-looking insert. The Read the full article…



Politics and the English Language, Rule 4

Rule 4: “Never use the passive where you can use the active.”
For most people, identifying passive voice is like finding a dangling participle in a metaphorical haystack. Let’s look at an example:
Active voice:
Andy embraced Vivian.
Passive voice:
Vivian was embraced by Andy.
Not only does the active voice usually require fewer words (making it play nice with Rule 3), Read the full article…

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Politics and the English Language, Rule 3

Get out your scissors for George Orwell’s 3rd rule for better writing.


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Politics and the English Language, Rule 2

This post is part of a series dedicated to George Orwell’s essay Politics and the English Language.
Rule 2: “Never use a long word where a short one will do.”
There is an important nuance to this rule: Orwell urges for truth through clarity, but not at the expense of the message. He is not suggesting avoiding Read the full article…

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PRK Laser Eye Surgery Two Years Later

I had PRK laser eye surgery in January 2007. See how I am in 2009.

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Extreme(ly Free) Editing

Learn how the “Extreme Edits” part of the site works.

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Politics and the English Language, Rule 1

George Orwell rocks. Learn why you should avoid trite, hackneyed language in your writing.

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Why WordPress is the Best Blogging Platform, Period

Starting a blog? Here’s why you should use WordPress.


Twitter is Dead. Facebook is in Custody.

Twitter is awesome. But that may not be enough for it to survive.

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