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Two 30-second writing exercises

Weekly error: Correct the error in the sentence below.
“What I had in mind in the 1970s in this ‘Populist Manifesto’ was for poets to stop mumbling in their beards to private audiences and say something important to the world.”

Weekly tip: Revise the sentence below for stylistic effect.
“Prior to my beginning to teach writing, I was unaware that I was using so many wordy expressions.”
 

 

 


Quote of the week

 

“There will always be a problem about getting rid of the hyphen: If it’s not extra-marital sex (with a hyphen), it is perhaps extra marital sex, which is quite a different bunch of coconuts.”
– Lynne Truss, dedication to Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
 

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