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Rules 1 -25

1. Always avoid allite­ration.
2. Prepos­itions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid clichés like the plague -- they're old hat.
4. Employ the vernac­ular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbrev­iat­ions, etc.
6. Parent­hetical remarks (however relevant) are unnece­ssary.
7. Parent­hetical words however must be enclosed in commas.
8. It is wrong to ever split an infini­tive.
9. Contra­ctions aren't necessary.
10. Do not use a foreign word when there is an adequate English quid pro quo.
11. One should never genera­lize.
12. Eliminate quotat­ions. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "I hate quotat­ions. Tell me what you know."
13. Compar­isons are as bad as clichés.
14. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; its highly superf­luous.
15. It behooves you to avoid archaic expres­sions.
16. Avoid archaeic spellings too.
17. Unders­tat­ement is always best.
18. Exagge­ration is a billion times worse than unders­tat­ement.
19. One word- sentences? Eliminate. Always!
20. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
21. The passive voice should not be used.
22. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloq­uia­lisms.
23. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors -- even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
24. Who needs rhetorical questions?
25. Don't use commas, that, are not, necessary.
 

Rule 26-50

26. Do not use hyperbole; not one in a million can do it effect­ively.
27. Never use a big word where a diminutive altern­ative would suffice.
28. Subject and verb always has to agree.
29. Be more or less specific.
30. Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.
31. Use you're spell checker to avoid misspe­lling and to catch typogr­aphical errors.
32. Don't repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
33. Don't be redundant.
34. Use the apostrophe in its proper place and omit it when its not needed.
35. Don't never use no double negatives.
36. Poofread carefully to see if you any words out.
37. Hopefully, you will use words correctly, irrega­rdless of how others use them.
38. Eschew obfusc­ation.
39. No sentence fragments.
40. Don't indulge in sesqui­ped­alian lexico­logical constr­uct­ions.
41. A writer must not shift your point of view.
42. Don't overuse exclam­ation marks!!!
43. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antece­dents.
44. Writing carefully, dangling partic­iples must be avoided.
45. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
46. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
47. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
48. Always pick on the correct idiom.
49. The adverb always follows the verb.
50. And always be sure to finish what

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