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Offline eratatosk

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How to Write Badly Well
« on: Tue, Oct 27, 2009, 11:09 PM »
This guy has some great negative examples, e.g.
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Skip blithely between tenses

I sit at my desk with my head in my hands and sighed. It is only three days until the deadline, I think, and I’m going to have had to finished everything before then. If only I have finish this now, I thought and lean back on my chair. Just then, the phone has rung. I am answering it.
‘Hello?’ I am going to have said. It is my boss; he was angry, but not as angry as I remember him being when I am handing in the work late, four days from now.
‘Is this work going to have been finished when it is currently the deadline which, at present, is in the future?’ he demanded. ‘I am planning to have been waiting for it, as I presently am.’


http://writebadlywell.blogspot.com/
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Re: How to Write Badly Well
« Reply #1 on: Wed, Oct 28, 2009, 08:28 AM »
that made me...strangely queasy, jumping back & forth in time.
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Thanks for the link, good stuff!


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Re: How to Write Badly Well
« Reply #2 on: Wed, Oct 28, 2009, 09:51 PM »
Even better than I thought.  This guy is really funny.
Not sure how useful, but very clever


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Re: How to Write Badly Well
« Reply #3 on: Sat, Oct 31, 2009, 12:16 AM »
Quote from: "silver"
Even better than I thought.  This guy is really funny.
Not sure how useful, but very clever


Heh.  well, recognition is half the battle.  I'm embarrassed to say I was 30 and had a J.D. before I was solid on its/it's.
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Re: How to Write Badly Well
« Reply #4 on: Sat, Oct 31, 2009, 09:15 AM »
mine is 'affected-effected' and I still don't have it!
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Re: How to Write Badly Well
« Reply #5 on: Sat, Oct 31, 2009, 02:45 PM »
I think everyone has a word or two that continuously stumps them. His article was funny!

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Re: How to Write Badly Well
« Reply #6 on: Sun, Nov 01, 2009, 08:34 AM »
Definitely confusing! I shuddered when reading it...

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