Two of the 17 shitty lists Nick found on IMDb.
Turns out, that website has oodles of crazy lurking just below the surface. (Though the guy who made that second list makes a great point: Patrick Swayze would’ve made a great Knuckles the Echidna.)
This was super-time-consuming! But at least I found a list of actors with smelly feet! Go see all these great lists!
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Great list, but I think I like this list of questions that comes earlier in the essay better:
- What am I trying to say?
- What words will express it?
- What image or idiom will make it clearer?
- Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
- Could I put it more shortly?
- Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?
And of course, the best thing is to not read these lists out of context, but to read the whole essay.
A blogger should re-read these every few weeks. Though I’d appreciate an updated version dealing with postmodern/blogger tendencies, maybe by Paul Ford.