Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous. February 24, 2012 7:47 AMSubscribe
If you use Americanisms just to show you know them, people may find you a tad tiresome, so be discriminating. You may have to think harder if you are not to use jargon, but you can still be precise. Use all metaphors, dead or alive, sparingly, otherwise you will make trouble for yourself. Some words add nothing but length to your prose.