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[Comments] (8) Blogging Pro Tip: The string ", you know," can almost always be cut.

The exception? When giving examples of strings that can be cut.


Comments:

Posted by Fafner at Wed Jun 11 2008 23:10

"Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."

-- Mark Twain

Posted by Leonard at Thu Jun 12 2008 08:26

At VP Elizabeth Bear suggested writing "fucking" instead, because editors no longer care about "damn"s.

Posted by anonymous at Thu Jun 12 2008 11:32

i've taken to saying "biscuit" instead of "fuck" from time to time whenever i feel the urge to splurge a vulgarity.

i think i'm the only one who finds it endearing.
but thats ok by me.

you know who could really land a good "fuck!" when the occasion called for it? jason robbins.
i only worked next to him a couple of times, but he could *really* land the f-word with felt force. he only said it a couple times, but his language was so spot on that it really had resonance the couple times i heard it. in reference to computer junks obv. (not "fuck you evan!")

Posted by Evan at Thu Jun 12 2008 11:33

oh biscuit

Posted by Susie at Thu Jun 12 2008 13:25

what about "you know how?"s

Posted by Iain at Thu Jun 12 2008 14:17

Except that cutting the string ", you know," from this post would result in:

"
Blogging Pro Tip: The string "" can almost always be cut.
The exception? When giving examples of strings that can be cut.
"

Which is almost a tautology, but not quite.

Posted by Leonard at Thu Jun 12 2008 14:35

That's why I wrote the exception.

Posted by Kirk at Thu Jun 12 2008 15:01

yesterday on http://kisrael.com/ I included bit of transcription of the Henry Miller monologue. This exact issue came up, how much leeway is appropriate in cleaning up spoken passages? I used to make a point of being as exact as possible, but I don't think that's the professional way of doing things.

I'm surprised not to hear more about this issue.


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