William Safire’s few simple rules

What a scholar, and not only him, should always do:

«First, use the active, not the passive voice, no matter how inert the corpse. Second, taking the bull by the hand, nix those mixed metaphors. Third, kill all the sentences starting with conjunctions, or ending in ‘by’, ‘with’, or ‘on’. De mortuis ni[hi]l nisi bonum? Preferably not; swaydo-intellectul Latinism cut no ice with him […]».

William Safire. Obituary, «The Economist», October 3rd 2009


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