|Tuesday, May 18, 2004|
The A-Z of Blogs ..... Plogs
Klogs, Mblogs, Ablogs, the original Blogs ... now Plogs :)
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Flemming shares his own 'rules for writing' and makes some interesting observations about Correct Writing, in response to Dave Pollard's post about punctuation, which referred to a New York Times op-ed piece on the same subject. All of them talk of new 'rules' of grammar, syntax and punctuations in writing, with a special focus on how the youth today, with its oral culture is changing the rules of the written word. And the revolution in language cultures as a result of the conflict between the 'old school' and the new.
Flemming says :
"I frequently start sentences with 'and' or 'but' or 'so'. I often write sentences without any verb. The rule says that if you need a comma after a section in quotes, the comma goes inside the quotes. It looks stupid and I ain't doing it. I feel a little guilty using an apostrophe to say MP3's, but it just happens to be more clear. I guess I've found that I communicate better if I write somewhat like I speak. So, I tend to use commas as much to indicate natural pauses as in any references to where they're 'supposed' to be.
Made me think about the way i write at my blog - it is as i speak. Conversational and closer to the oral culture than the written. The dashes and dots are the flows in conversation often replacing fullstops, the '...' s are the emphases, or sometimes mean 'so-to-speak' within a context, the commas are the pauses.
In a related note, I discovered TextAlyser the other day. This is an online text analysis tool that gives you the readability fog index of any text or a webpage, based on length of sentence and degree of difficulty in the words. Thanks Sameer for the link. I put some of my blog posts to test. Interesting to note that i veer on the 'simple' - with a readability index at 6-7.
Perhaps too simple for business writing ... i know some that say that it should be around 8-11.
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