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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Random Bit

Being a writer, I obviously pick up and hold onto things harder than I should sometimes. It so happened that I read this quote by Mark Twain:

“Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

And while it’s been "damn" useful while writing, I find that I’ve become conscious of it in every day speech as well. Note to self: “Very” is usually much more appropriate in speech than “Damn.”

1 comment:

Richard said...

I like to read that quote in conjunction with another of his:

"When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear."