Based on Politics and the English Language
- Just like one should never throw the baby out with the bathwater, one should never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which they are used to seeing in print.
- Never use excessively lengthy vocabulary in situations in which a rather abbreviated term would do.
- If it is possible to remove a word, always.
- The passive should never be used when the active can be employed.
- Never use foreign phrases, academic argot, or discipline-specific parlance when an everyday English word is the mot juste.
- Break any of these rules sooner than being a grammatical pedant.