Proposed Rule For Writing

You rarely need to hedge twice in the same sentence.
Thoughts?

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3 Comments

  1. ¯\(º_o)/¯ And then shuffle your feet while staring at the floor. The reviewers will eat it up, I tell you.

    But what if your second hedge brings you back to the beginning? Effectively canceling out the primary hedge?

  2. I request an example where two hedges cancel each other out. Hedging should be additive, not parity-switching like negatives.

  3. Agreed. The best writing advice I ever got was “Never apologize.”

    Proviso – when things are complicated they’re complicated. That’s not hedging.