Fumblerules

Fumblerules

Fumblerules are humorous rules for writing, collected from teachers of English grammar. A fumblerule contains an example contrary to the advice it gives, such as "don't use no double negatives" and "eschew obfuscation".

The science editor George L. Trigg published a list of such rules in 1979. Another list, from which this article takes its name, was compiled by William Safire on Sunday, 4 November, 1979, in his column "On Language" in the New York Times. Safire later authored a book entitled Fumblerules: A Lighthearted Guide to Grammar and Good Usage, which was reprinted in 2005 as How Not To Write: The Essential Misrules of Grammar.

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