The Dismal State of Ski Writing

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The Dismal State of Ski Writing

Postby Marc_C » Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:44 pm

Why, why, why do ski writers insist on incredibly crappy language constructs? Yes, some moron actually wrote in an article:

"... resulting in many great turns to be had."
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Re: The Dismal State of Ski Writing

Postby Admin » Sun Feb 28, 2016 6:00 pm

I'll readily admit that ski writing is sometimes of rather poor quality, mine included. A lot of it stems from the fact that many ski writers are not actually writers by education. Again, yours truly included.
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Re: The Dismal State of Ski Writing

Postby EMSC » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:21 am

Hey, I spent 4 years to get my engineering degree...
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Re: The Dismal State of Ski Writing

Postby Marc_C » Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:11 pm

Quick tip: if you can put "by zombies" at the end of your sentence and it makes sense, you need to rewrite the sentence in the active voice. All the writer of my example had to do was eliminate "...to be had."
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Re: The Dismal State of Ski Writing

Postby Hacksaw » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:09 am

Now you have me worried about my heliski history website....
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Re: The Dismal State of Ski Writing

Postby Marc_C » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:49 am

Hacksaw wrote:Now you have me worried about my heliski history website....

Passive voice has it's uses - but a little goes a long way so it shouldn't be overused. Kinda like truffle flavored oil and habanero peppers.
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