Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pet Writing Peeves

Over at Lady (Legal) Writer, Megan Boyd has collected peeves that drive good writers crazy (here, August 4, 2016):

--Starting sentences with: “It is important to note that” (@ksilverkelly), “Due to the fact that” (@daniel_l_real), and “There is/are” (@ladylegalwriter)

--Using double negatives (@katrinajunelee)

--Failing to use affect and effect properly (katrinajunelee)

--Employing rhetorical questions (Who likes those?) (@djsziff)

--Using “however” in multiple consecutive sentences (@aerwrites) and failing to properly punctuate when using “however” mid-sentence (@ladylegalwriter)

-- Employing unnecessary parentheticals to define terms (@5thcircappeals)

Other pet peeves of mine include:


--using too many nominalizations (which leads to wordiness)

--failing to spell-check and proofread (They are not the same thing!)

--failing to follow local rules

--employing over-the-top language


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Right. Thanks, Jack. I think I was a victim of the auto-complete function, but that's no excuse for poor proofreading on my part.

Posted by: Otto stockmeyer | Sep 16, 2016 7:09:55 PM

Otto- you must have meant to write lectern not lecture. Jack Rooney

Posted by: John Rooney | Aug 28, 2016 2:30:14 AM

Also: failing to observe the distinction between oral and verbal (think sex) and between podium and lecture (one is stood on, the other stood behind).

Posted by: Otto stockmeyer | Aug 26, 2016 8:02:21 AM

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