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Wednesday, October 10, 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 11 myths and superstitions of writing listed on this Web page

Unfortunately, they continue to be taught and followed in education, business, law, and government, on the Internet, and in conversations between parents and children.

The listed myths include these popular "rules":
  • Never split an infinitive.
  • Never begin a sentence with But or And.
  • Never end a sentence with a preposition.
Each listing includes an authoritative opinion about the myth, an example of acceptable usage, and citations for all authorities disputing the "rule." Most listings include a link to Garbl's Editorial Style Manual for more related information. 

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