How To Not Like Talk Or Like Write, Dude


Inattention to grammatical or structural details moves the workload of understanding
from the speaker to the listener, from the writer to the reader,
and guarantees boredom, misunderstanding or resentment.


Common Modern English usage is distinguished by an almost vehement disregard of style, of meaning, and of both effectiveness and efficiency of communication.

This inattention is often tagged with the assertion of "self-expression". However, you must remember that your message is meaningless if the only one to whom it is understandable—to whom it actually imparts your expression—is you, yourself!


All languages have rules.
It is, in fact, the rules that establish the language.

Otherwise, it were but noise.


For data to be passed between computers successfully, that data must adhere to the rules of the protocol in which that data is to be formatted.

For information to be passed successfully between humans, the same rule applies: words not if order standard you of follow, your message becomes progressively ever more garbled, meaningless—ineffective and ineffectual—and the minds of your target audience will become overburdened, handling all the exceptions your poor linguistic performance will throw.

In an effort to explain the rules, and the logic behind those rules, of traditional, clear English grammar—particularly the more classical, rich and expressive form that is standard ACE: American-Canadian English (c. 74% of all native English speakers)—this series of articles is presented to the reader.

The topics covered, and links to the articles (still works in progress), are these:

1.  Split Infinitives OR How To Like A Programmer Or Scientist Talk
2. Your Adverbs Are Dead To Me!
3. I Appreciate You Reading This:  A Failure of Modern Logic
4. The Team IS—not ARE:  How to Destroy Unity of Action and Purpose
5. Just Singing In The Rain Event
6. As A Writer, The Title Did Not Work...
7. Myself And Her Know That Him And Them Don't Agree With She And I
8. “Trine Do” — Try And Do — Try Then Do?
9. Its/It’s/Its’ Not Right!
10. Englandic: When You Want To Talk Like A Pirate Every Day!
11. “If music is the food of love...”  The Death of Subjective Expression in Modern Englandic
12. I Could Care Less If It's Hit And Miss!
13. The Consequences of Lax Consecutiveness: Be More Tense!
14. When In Doubt, Diagram!


[The items in this list will be linked when published, and may change in topic, title or order,
so check back for updates!]



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