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You’ve been had. The passive voice was never bad.

“Avoid it”, the style guides write, “unless you really know what you are doing”. The implication is you don’t. With examples like “a book is bought by me”, they show the passive voice’s clumsy wordiness. It requires “more cognitive effort”, points out one guide, though so to be honest does the very next sentence, “this… Continue reading You’ve been had. The passive voice was never bad.

Minor Semantics

Microsoft Word now puts its wiggly line under two spaces in a row. A lot of people are happy, and I’m happy that they’re happy, because maybe “semantic authoring” in a small sense is taking root. The period-space signifies the end of an idea and the beginning of the next. Nice proportional fonts will help… Continue reading Minor Semantics

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