It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes disregard the rules of rhetoric. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the violation. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules.
William Strunk and E. B. White, The Elements of Style
This fragment of code comes from a large program written many years ago:
if ( (country == SING) || (country == BRNI) ||
(country == POL) || (country == ITALY) )
* If the country is Singapore, Brunei or Poland
* then the current time is the answer time
* rather than the ...