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"Politics and the English Language":
"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap
between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were
instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting
out ink"--George Orwell, Horizon, April 1946.
If you don't like the limited political content
here, please look elsewhere for free writing advice.
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Use this free annotated directory to find
information and advice on the writing topics below. One of the "101 Best
Web Sites for Writers," Writer's Digest, 2001 and
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This free style guide gives writing and editing
advice about abbreviations, addresses, capitalization, English
grammar, numbers, organization terminology, plurals, possessives, punctuation,
spelling, word usage, and the World Wide Web.
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A seven-step approach to writing clearly and concisely to
meet the needs of your readers. Plain English, often called plain language,
matches the needs of your readers with your needs as a writer, leading to
effective, efficient communication.
This free writing guide gives alternatives
to overstated, pompous words; wordy, bureaucratic phrases; and verbose,
sometimes amusing, redundant phrases.
Words can and do
break bones: personal commentary on the misuse of language, April
24, 1999; updated Sept. 17, 2001.
Reference books make great gifts.
They're used again and again.
An annotated list of books on writing and editing
that I use and recommend. Book categories: grammar and
writing and plain language/plain English, style, usage, dictionaries
and thesauruses, writing and
editing, business and
technical writing, creativity,
and Amazon.com's best-selling
Also available are contemporary novels by some of my Favorite Fiction
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