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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Calling Strunk and White

I am not going to dissect Placshkers' latest column (it's about Dodger prospect Chuck Tiffany); I'll let Steve do that if he wants to. I just want to ask one question: Did Plaschke ever have a high school English teacher teach him about cadence and style?

Plaschke's first six paragraphs are one sentence long. Then there's a two-sentence paragraph, followed by 16--s-i-x-t-e-e-n--one-sentence paragraphs. Of the article's 58 paragraphs, 48 are one-sentence long, nine with two sentences One seventeen-word paragraph contains three sentences.

Is he writing for an audience of hyperactive second graders?

Edit: I will quibble with Plaschke on one small point. He declares: "Goose bumps and Dodgers. We haven't seen that in a while."

Three words: Finley. Lima. Gagne.


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