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Lawyers are the most highly paid, but also the most incompetent, of all professional writers.
"If you see errors in form, look for errors in content." —Konstantin Fedin
As a matter of word-frequency, "however" occurs only once ever 2,000 words (in 1st-rate prose). "And" or "but" begins every 10th sentence.
I'm working on Black's Law Dictionary tonight. Just realized that grinding (the dance) is a form of what is technically termed "frottage."
“Editing takes time because thinking and feeling take time.” —Samuel S. Vaughan
Recently learned that when you're sick of editing your own work, you should print it in a different font with different margins. It works!
"I would prefer to allow a drunken surgeon to operate on my brain with a chainsaw than allow a computer to correct my grammar." —J. Humphrys
Urgent announcement: We're losing "sank" and "stank" as simple-past forms. Please do something. Start using them in every conversation. Pls.
“A civil tongue…means a language not bogged down in jargon, not puffed up with false dignity, not studded with trick phrases.” —Edwin Newman
Best short joke I've heard lately: Anyone who believes in telekinesis please raise my hand.
If you're editing yourself, revise first, then edit. If someone else's work, edit first, then revise.
“Language is used by many people to hide the fact that they have no thoughts.” —Otto Jespersen
I miss David Foster Wallace, and I'm only now bringing myself out of the torpor his death induced. I'll finally write my tribute to him.
Editor in chief, Black's Law Dictionary; author, Garner's Modern American Usage. Fall in love with language & it will love you back.