50 Tips on How To Write Good (3-end)

Bagian terakhir dari rangkaian tips menulis. Enjoy!

21. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

Eschew = mengelakkan, mengesampingkan diri. Kira-kira memiliki arti yang sama dengan avoid lah ya.

22. Eschew obfuscation.

Di aplikasi kamus yang saya biasa pakai sehari-hari, kata “obfuscation” bahkan tidak ada sehingga saya harus mencarinya ke Google. Ternyata, “obfuscation” memiliki arti penyembunyian arti (redundan) sehingga membuat komunikasi sulit dan ambigu. Apakah tips nomor ini memakai gaya sarkas seperti biasa? Susah diketahui.

23. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

24. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.

25. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

No, it is a trillion, zillion times worse!

26. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

Apropos = tepat. Dilihat dari gaya bahasa selama ini, mungkin apropos berasal dari kata asing, mungkin Prancis atau Yunani (sok tau).

27. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

Colloquialisms = ucapan sehari-hari.

28. Hopefully, you will use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

29. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

30. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing

32. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

33. Never use a big word when a diminutive alternative would suffice.

34. No sentence fragments.

35. One should never generalize.

36. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

37. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

Parenthetic = yang disisipkan.

38. Parenthetical words however must be enclosed in commas.

39. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of ten or more words, to their antecedents.

40. Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.

41. Poofread carefully to see if you any words out.

42. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

Prepositions = kata depan, contohnya with (ahaha).

43. Profanity sucks.

Profanity = kata-kata tidak senonoh, seperti sucks (haha diulang).

44. Subject and verb always has to agree.

45. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.

46. The adverb always follows the verb.

47. The passive voice is to be avoided.

48. Understatement is always best.

49. Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.

50. Use youre spell chekker to avoid mispeling and to catch typograhpical errers.

Well said.

51. Who needs rhetorical questions?

52. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

Oh, and let me add one tip: If your article consists of a list and the title refers to the number of items in the list, count the number of items in the list carefully.

Semoga post ini bermanfaat!

N.

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