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Communication Is A Survival Skill!
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Communication is a survival skill!



If you want to improve your writing ability, I suggest you look into the book [url="http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/dp/020530902X"]The Elements of Style [/url] By William Strunk, Jr. & E.B. White, currently in its fourth edition. I encourage you to spend the $10 and get a paperback hardcopy that you can throw in your possibles bag. You can cover it with notes, dirt and grease while you write your master work under a well crafted lean-to on a stack of legal pads( Tested Technique <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />)



If you are too lazy to write the old way and use the Tele-electro-type-writer, you can view it on Google Books ([url="http://books.google.com/books?id=IAy6NCD0Iq0C&dq=elements+of+style&pg=PP1&ots=fHXcvkT6UU&sig=ly1ulVgecW40CGzNC1uWWXmYDBc&prev=http://www.google.com/search%3Fhl%3Den%26q%3Delements%2Bof%2Bstyle%26btnG%3DGoogle%2BSearch&sa=X&oi=print&ct=title&cad=one-book-with-thumbnail"]This Link[/url])



From Wikipedia:

Quote:The Elements of Style ("Strunk & White") is an American English writing style guide. It is one of the most influential and best-known prescriptive treatments of English grammar and usage in the United States. It originally detailed eight elementary rules of usage, ten elementary principles of composition, "a few matters of form," and a list of commonly misused words and expressions. Updated editions of the paperback book are often required reading for American high school and college composition classes.



I don't expect everyone to follow it all the time, but I know that some of you will look at it as an Accuracy Handbook for the English language. Think of how a well crafted sentence often hits the mark right on the "X" and the more common "Verbal Shotgun" merely patterns loosely around the issue.



Muddyboots
Shared pain is lessened, shared joy is increased!

Thus do we refute entropy. -S. Robinson



Communication is a Survival Skill! So is critical thinking!





When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.



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That looks like a book I could use,being a dumb ass coal country hillbilly with very little schooling
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It is apparent that over the past 40 years or so, schools have reduced the emphasis on education (which we all complain about), and that includes the ability to express oneself in writing.



The internet has made the situation worse, by tolerating or even encouraging poor written expression.



Here's one viewpoint that you may find of importance:



If you want to be taken seriously by educated, mature, experienced or professional people, you need to be able to communicate clearly. Nothing makes you appear more ignorant, uneducated or immature than poor writing, bad spelling, misuse of punctuation, or garbled sentences.



Nothing personal, that is just the way it is.



However, the silver lining in this cloud is that you CAN do something about it. If nothing else, for crying out loud, use a damn spell checker on your posts!!! Read them carefully before you punch the "Add Reply" button. Do the words say what you intend them to say? It gets really old to have to guess what a poster is trying to say.



Your posts will be taken more seriously and you will be listened to more carefully.



Anyway: rant off,



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Bill



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