- Words don't just mean whatever you decide they mean because they have multiple syllables. Indeed, sometimes a word with fewer syllables actually means the thing that you're trying to say. And if you use the multisyllabic wrong word, that doesn't make you sound smarter than if you use the monosyllabic right one. Indeed, using the right word will, always, make you sound smarter than using a word incorrectly.
- All of those marks that we use to punctuate things? Yeah, they actually mean something, too, and you really do have to use them. Like apostrophes. They're important in all sorts of ways. You can't just leave them out. Seriously.
- If I wanted to read what everybody else has said about a thing, I would seriously go and read what everybody else has said. Please stop using the critics to speak for you. Please.
- Is a question more effective in expressing a position than a statement? Does it add more interest to the prose? Why don't all sentences end with question marks? Do rhetorical questions make me want to kill myself?
- "Feel" is a word that actually does mean something. I know. That's crazy talk. Let's just note that it does not mean "believe," "think," "assert," "suggest," or any of those other words that one uses "feel" sloppily to avoid.
6 years ago