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Damn Important Advice on Writing June 2, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

Lifehacker gives some welcome advice on making damn, damn needed improvements to our writing:

“Very” is one of those unnecessary words that can dull our writing. Take Mark Twain’s advice and if you get the urge to write “very,” substitute “damn” instead.

Although it doesn’t work quite the way you’d think it would:

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very,’” said Mark Twain. “Your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”



1. Sobek - June 2, 2015

If you’re writing an article about beaver dams, this advice could get very confusing.

2. geoff - June 2, 2015

… this advice could get very damn confusing.


3. Sobek - June 3, 2015

Very you, Geoff.

4. phadde2 - June 4, 2015

Reblogged this on The American Post-Standard and commented:
I love Twain, the comments on this post are damn amusing as well.

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