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Weekend Word Wrap: what NOT to write

David K. Israel

Before the holiday, if you recall, I spent a week's worth of posts dishing out proper word selection and usage tips as put forth by the grand dame of etiquette, Amy Vanderbilt. But sometimes we can learn more about what to say and how to say it more by negative example than anything else.

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The most obvious e.g. I could possibly serve up was unveiled earlier this week in the form of a condolence letter written by Lindsay Lohan after the passing of Robert Altman. I'll refrain from inserting [sic] all over the place, as not to kill her, er, unique sense of rhythm.
Here are some excerpts (via this fine British rag):

"I am lucky enough to of been able to work with Robert Altman amongst the other greats on a film that I can genuinely say created a turning point in my career," she began, less than certainly. "He was the closest thing to my father and grandfather that I really do believe I've had in several years... He left us with a legend that all of us have the ability to do." A little lower down, she fell into improv philosophy, apparently riffing on the notion that life is too short to waste: "Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourselves' (12st book) - everytime there's a triumph in the world a million souls hafta be trampled on. - altman Its true. But treasure each triumph as they come." And she signed off, "Be adequite. Lindsay Lohan."