Friday, August 1, 2008

Who needs them?

As with nails screeching across a chalkboard, so is my squirminess at the use of the words “thus” and “therefore.” If you wouldn’t say them, why would you write them? If you are saying them, what century are you from?

These two words are never needed. Put them in the word Dumpster.

They add nothing to a sentence, thus are jarring. See what I mean?? It’s stronger to say: “They add nothing to a sentence. They are jarring.” These two words just look funny and you don’t want to send your reader some subliminal message that you’re a pompous writer. One little unneeded, funny-looking word can distract your readers and they disconnect with what you poured your heart out writing and crank up the iTunes.

The life lesson here? No one has time for a show off.

Yours in waste management, WMW


Sole Reader said...


Once again, you are the phenomenal teacher. I love your work. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl :-)

comma girl said...

This is so true. Love your tips and information. I can always learn more...and from a great teacher.