Friday, January 9, 2009

"Needless to say..."

Next time you are recounting an anecdote in an online review, in a blog post or comment, or on a message board, please do me one small favor. If you find yourself typing the words "needless to say," pause for a moment and consider whether you actually mean "suffice it to say." "Needless to say" means that something is obvious and self-evident. If you use this phrase to precede a story, you are either misusing it egregiously, or your story is not worth telling.

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