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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Garbl's Myths and Superstitions of Writing | Gary B. Larson, Garbl's Writing Center

For decades and even centuries, respected authorities on writing, reading, editing, grammar and word usage have disputed the following 11 myths and superstitions of writing. Unfortunately, they continue to be taught and followed in education, business, law, and government, on the Internet, and in conversations between parents and children. 

Here are a few of them. Each myth includes a list of writing references that dispute the myth.

Myth: Never split an infinitive.
Myth: Never begin a sentence with But or And.
Myth: Never end a sentence with a preposition.
Myth: Never use contractions.
Myth: Never use the first-person pronouns I and me.

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