Posts Tagged ‘drivel’

English Basics: Paragraphs and Style

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

This excerpt from Wikipedia defines paragraph:

A paragraph is a self-contained unit of a discourse in writing dealing with a particular point or idea. A paragraph typically consists of a unifying main point, thought, or idea accompanied by supporting details. The nonfiction paragraph usually begins with the general and moves toward the more specific so as to advance an argument or point of view. Each paragraph builds on what came before and may consist of one or many sentences.

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From Long-winded to Drivel

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Today’s topic is drivel, the senseless composition that some of us produce every now and then, even very accomplished authors. The following excerpt is from a technical book by an accomplished writer and a respected colleague. The source is disguised by using FOO and BAR to replace some of the key identifiers. Otherwise, the text is verbatim, the same as published. By the way, my snarky judgments below are not as much a shot at the author as they are at the copy editor and publisher that let this nonsense slip through their professional filters.

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Translators are good…and funny

Monday, January 9th, 2012
I recently befriended an old Japanese colleague on Facebook. He mostly posts in Japanese and I was interested in the translation of his first post so I used the online tool (available from Bing) to translate it into English. Here is the translation:

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Laugh at Yourself

Monday, November 21st, 2011

There is nothing quite as healthy as laughing. And seeing the humor in your own humanness is one of the joys in life. Once again, it is time to poke some fun at my own writing.

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Drivel

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Today’s topic is drivel, the senseless composition that some of us produce every now and then, even very accomplished authors. The following excerpt is from a technical book by an accomplished writer and a respected colleague. The source is disguised by using FOO and BAR to replace some of the key identifiers. Otherwise, the text is verbatim, the same as published. By the way, my judgments below are not as much a shot at the author as they are at the copy editor and publisher that let this nonsense slip through their professional filters.

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