Style Sheet For
by Doug Hawley
Add after any group
Wrong Brown haired
Wrong - Scientists
Right Brown haired community
Right Scientific community
Commas separate items in a list, but not
Clauses There are none college
educated people dont understand them.
Conjunctions Use at the beginning of a
Wrong He was at home, but he went to town.
Right He was at home. But he
went to town.
Impact Use wherever educated people would
use affect or effect. Use everywhere.
Wrong The injury had effects had affected
Right Impact impact impact impact impact.
Gender There are none. Put an x
after titles or group names. No him,
her, he, she, hers, his it is now them, they
Right - Pandax
Right Mx (Not to be confused with the
missile. Ignore spell check redlining
Ethnic designation Person of color, even
though no one knows exactly to whom it applies (are
Janpanese or Iranians poc, who knows?)
Wrong Colored person despite its
similarity to person of color
Wrong - Non-white
Wrong Anything other than person of color
Reported or alleged Never use. Use
reportedly or allegedly, adverbs that might apply
to something, but probably not.
Wrong He was reported to have stolen a
Right He reportedly stole a safe.
Hopefully Always use without specifying
who is hoping. Never use hoped.
Wrong He hoped she would win.
Right Hopefully she would win.
Issue Use in place of problem, error,
mistake. Those words should never be
Wrong He died of cancer.
Right He died from a health issue.
Clichés Use one until it has been used
ten million times, for ten years or until it
becomes popular again.
Wrong I have decided that I am interested
Wrong - Bad appearance
Right I walked back Jen not being on my
Right - Bad optics
Grammar rules or spelling dont apply
anywhere unless you want certain jobs, so write
as though you were texting in any other situation.
Wrong birthday card Happy birthday on your
Right birthday card Grammar, happy bday ur
Nouns and verbs Change nouns to verbs and
verbs to nouns
Wrong He spends his weekdays requesting
donations from businesses, and he hopes that they
will send him big donations.
Right He weekdays sending big asks to the
business community. And hopefully they
will gift him big donations.
author is a little old curmudgeon who has been
labelled a "language bigot" and worse. Don't
worry, his kind will die out soon, lol.