Monday, April 28, 2008

How to improve writing (no. 19 in a series)

A newspaper article about a falafel vendor states that falafel is served on "pizza bread." The reporter doesn't know from falafel, which is served on pita bread.

When writing about an unfamiliar subject, it's smart to check the vocabulary. Doing so helps to avoid anchor performances, pneumonic devices, and surrealist falafel.

This post is no. 19 in a very occasional series, "How to improve writing," dedicated to improving stray bits of published prose (and falafel sandwiches).

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comments: 1

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of an episode of Cribs which is now on CMTV. A Nascar driver was showing off his closet and pulled out a pair(?) of thong underwear a girl had given him in high school. She had painted on the frilly back strap the to him prophetic words "hall ass." The mind reels.