Thursday, October 19, 2006

The 13th step: recognizing unintentional puns.

I laid out 12 steps of dissertation editing. But I just found another. Step 13 (not in chronological order, of course) is recognizing really horrible unintentional puns in your writing, and hopefully fixing them before anybody else recognizes them.

When writing about venereal diseases among soldiers in World War I, don't write that the military refused "any infected soldier discharge orders." Heh, I said discharge.



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