Tips for the modern copy editor

Jason Roeder provides some helpful excerpts from The Elements of Spam, by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White, and Generouss Q. Factotum:

14. Use the active voice.

Notice how aloof the passive voice is.

Your balls are to be slurped the most by cum-starved nymphos!!!!!

Hardly persuasive. The five exclamation points feel tacked on, an attempt by an inexperienced writer to breathe life into a desiccated construction. The active voice, however, allows you to write with verve and straightforwardness.

Cum-starved nymphos will slurp your balls the most!!!!!

(Via Bookslut.)


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