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Yet another op coming up on Monday...which will mean at least 3 more weeks in hospital (this time they plan to put arms in casts so I am not tempted to use them...).  This op is to transpose some nerves in my arms...anyone who thinks that the human body has been designed is welcome to try to explain the thinking behind the design, and route of the ulnar nerve to me!  Due to evolution, the nerve ends up being the most exposed large nerve in the human body...therefore easy to get damaged...but the surgeons can easily move it to a better location, just they have to cut through the arm muscles to do so...  Then I face more tests, to work out if they need to operate on my neck...which could prolong the stay much longer.  Although as it turns out, the neck is the easiest part of the spine to operate on, as they can get to it from the front...  Not how I planned to start 2011...


Anyway, whilst waiting for one of the many recent MRI scans, I was reading an article in some magazine, and I thought I would copy it here for some advice to other bloggers.  Clearly there are several authors who need all the help they can get…  Hope you enjoy it at least half as much as I did.  I can't remember the magazine, or author, but it was not the original source anyway.  It had been copied from elsewhere.


  • Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
  • Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  • And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
  • It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  • Avoid clichés like the plague.
  • Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
  • Be more or less specific.
  • Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
  • Also,  too, never use repetitive redundancies.
  • No sentence fragments.
  • Contractions aren't necessary, and shouldn't be used.
  • Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  • Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it is highly superfluous.
  • One should NEVER generalise.
  • Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
  • Don't use no double negatives.
  • Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  • One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  • Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  • The passive voice is to be ignored.
  • Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary.  Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
  • Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
  • Kill all exclamation marks!!!
  • Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
  • Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth-shaking ideas.
  • Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.
  • If you've heard it once, you have heard it a thousand times: resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
  • Puns are for children, not for groan readers.
  • Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  • Who needs rhetorical questions?
  • Exaggeration is a billion times worse than an understatement.
  • Proofread carefully to sure that words are not missed out.


Happy New Year MyDLers!!


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