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style guide

ways of writing (english) that suit me, if not the rest of the world

this is a draft, i want to flesh it out over time

§grammar points

generally use the oxford comma.

§language choice

omit needless words, when the words are actually needless. but conciseness is not the end goal and redundant words do have value. equally, don't add words just to sound clever.

§fact and opinion

if you believe that something is a fact, write it as a fact, providing citations if necessary. if something is an opinion, especially a negative one, use "i believe" or similar language, rather than framing it as subjective. examples:

{apple} only cares about their environmental impact inasmuch as doing so is likely to get people to buy their products. this is demonstrated in (1) how they continue to produce a new, marginally more advanced, smartphone every year and convince everyone that upgrading from last year's is necessary; (2) how they continue to sell airpods, despite them having short-term obsolescence built in to the design through the use of glue and non-replacable batteries; and (3) how they continue to push for further integrated electronics that cannot be easily or legally repaired by the consumer who ostensibly owns them.

(in the above sentence, "i believe" has been removed from the start).

i don't enjoy listening to Drake because i don't find his music structurally interesting, or his lyrics nuanced or relatable.

(in the above sentence, "Drake is bad" has been replaced with "i don't enjoy listening to Drake". note that i have not said "i don't like Drake", because that refers to him as a person rather than his music, which is the thing i take issue with).


my name is not capitalised. generic names are not capitalised, but personal names are if the person doesnt express a preference otherwise. so it would be "every tom, dick, or harry", but "Emma Goldman". (I'm not consistent with this across the site).

business names and names of products are never capitalised, even for initialisms.


it's better to use sidenotes than footnotes.

it's better to use parentheticals than sidenotes.

don't skimp on parentheticals. try not to nest them, but use them with pride. if a parenthetical becomes particularly large, consider giving it its own section.

don't split clauses with parentheticals, add them after the end of the clause. so they're are more of an afterthought or continuation than an interruption.


i tend to use "they" for any abstract person. i will use the prefered pronouns if i know them, otherwise i will use "they". i sometimes use "ey", but this isn't a habit i am consistent enough with to be used to, and frankly i don't think that "they" poses enough of a problem for it to be a bother.

i generally avoid "one", because i prefer to write in the second person.

§further reading

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