I’ve always agreed with the advice to go easy on the adverbs.
Somewhere in my files is a quote attributed to Mark Twain: “If you catch an adverb, kill it.”

Hat tip to Eric Eggertson, who always finds the coolest stuff.


  1. Donna:

    I still have trouble with Rule 10:
    “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”

    I think when I’ve mastered that one, I’ll have this blogging thing figured out.

  2. One of my bugaboos is the frequent misuse of the adverb “badly.” I can still hear my high school teacher, Rusty Ross, intoning, “If you feel badly you must have defective fingertips.” (Then she would ask how many of us were feeling “goodly” that day….)


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