Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Quote of the Week

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.
- Mark Twain

4 comments:

husband said...

hard to argue with Mark Twain, but I stand by my comment that "very" does have a place in the English language. :-P

Steve & Stepher said...

Aha! So my English professor was correct.

J/K husband -- ;-)

Explosive Bombchelle said...

I just think Mark Twain needed a better editor. Using the husband's example from a previous post:

He was a strange man.
He was a very strange man.
He was a damn strange man.

I personally like damn, I wish I would have known Twain's words of wisdom in school.

husband said...

see.. doesn't that have the feeling of big, bigger, biggest?

strange, very strange, damn strange? while I applaud brevity, you can still vary the language you use...

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