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to break or not to break (rules)

to break or not to break (rules)

Fumblerules of grammar

Don’t use double negatives.
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors.
If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times, resist hyperbole.
“Avoid overuse of ‘quotation “marks.” ‘ “
Avoid commas, that are not necessary.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Avoid clich├ęs like the plague.
Never use a ling word when a diminutive one will do.
Avoid colloquial stuff.

— William Safire, based on suggestions from readers

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