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Windyfoggery and Other Writing Tips from the Master

Theodore Bernstein created an analog to the economic maxim that bad money drives out good: bad words tend to drive out good ones. Bernstein, a journalist and professor, wrote or co-wrote seven books on grammar and usage. As an addict of grammar and language books, I came upon his "The Careful Writer" from 1965 while browsing in the library. Some of it seems obsolete today, but here are highlights you can use.

Originally published November 6, 2014
Last updated August 24, 2020
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