Chapter 8. Golden Rule 8: Be able to argue in writing

Most arguments nowadays are done in conversation and discussion. However, with email and blogs, and in business and education, the formal written argument still has a role to play. Here are some key rules:

Write clearly. Remember it’s more important to be clear than to sound clever. You don’t need to use long complicated words just because you’re writing.

Don’t be a sesquipedalian!

Yes, you guessed right. A sesquipedalian is a person who enjoys long words.

Use correct spelling and grammar. But it’s no longer a cardinal sin to start a sentence with “but” or to use a proposition to end a sentence with. You’re not writing a letter to your English teacher. Put clarity above grammar if necessary. ...

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