Monday, May 2, 2011


This list of writing rules has probably been floating around for some time because William Safire died a couple of years ago, but it's worth another look. My daughter sent the link to me today. I'm sure the fact that I edited and revised some of her writing this past weekend is only a coincidence.


  1. Not to imply I found any of those errors in my daughter's writing. Au contraire--she's a much better formal writer than I. Me. Hmmm... I?

    ...better than her mother is.

    No, that's no good either, I guess.

    Yes, in fact I do teach grad-level writing. MQ

  2. Safire's list is funny. I like Winston Churchill's rule about ending the sentence with a preposition: "That is the sort of thing up with which I will not put."