Syntax Matters

"Word order doesn't matter."

"I'm an artiste. Don't kill my buzz, motherfucker."

"I'm stupid, but I like the way it sounds."


So many excuses for bad writing. So, so many. (Exception to the "comma after so" rule because "so" isn't being used stupidly in this instance.)


To wit:

"Both died in an apartment Dr. Kevorkian was leasing after inhaling carbon monoxide." (New York Times)

"The 39-year-old San Francisco artist has beaten the odds for against him living—no, thriving—with the virus that causes AIDS for 14 years." (Time)


Kanye doesn't make mistakes such as these. Be like Kanye.

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