Re: Technical Writing - What's the catch?

Subject: Re: Technical Writing - What's the catch?
From: "diotima" <diotima -at- myway -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 22:39:59 -0500 (EST)

eh. i like orwell, but i'm not impressed by these rules. there's exceptions to all (including #6), not to mention a few other problems.

ok, i will. according to #2, i should use an obscure 5 letter word instead of a more commonly known 6 letter word (hmm, but if i make the obscure word plural, that would add an "s" and it would be a tie....). and #4, geez, don't get me started. i begin to see red when i hear "never use passive voice."

good starting point for novices, perhaps.

barbarously yours,


ps: it was possible to cut the word "barbarously," but i didn't. sorry george.

LQ wrote:

In that spirit, wouldn't you agree that Orwell's Rules pertain to all languages, and that they can be applied *while* mastering a second language? They're conceptual, and portable.

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