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June 07, 2012


Karl Narveson

Please, sir, read your own last sentence. Are you aiming at your own version of the Cretan paradox?

Note by the way that the sentence of White's that you quote violates four of White's own rules, being
* negative,
* passive,
* adjectival ("weak", "accurate", "tight"), and
* failing to keep related constructions together (the relative clause, "that can pull ...", is separated from the noun it modifies).

White was a good writer, but his advice is useless. Some is right but obvious, some is wrong (the rules that White demonstrably doesn't follow himself), and some is not even wrong (e.g. "be clear" -- gee, why didn't I think of that?)

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