After writing God-only-knows-how-many of these blogs this week, I am starting to do the exact opposite of this chapter's title. I do not really have the mental capacity to organize my ideas very clearly tonight, so they will be long-winded and boring.
The section about activating the passive had already been known to me; Stephen King's book 'On Writing' speaks of this at great length (along with making the statement that the road to hell is paved with adverbs). Most of the other statements that Kilian makes were already known to me, whether I practice them is another story.
The one thing that I had never heard of was the Anglo-Saxon vs. Greco-Latin words. Of course, as a future author, I tend to stray in the direction of Latin words because they sound much nicer to the ear. For example, I have always abhorred the usage of folks (A.S. word) because it sounds too hick-ish; people (G.L. word) is much better and more intelligent in sound. Sorry I copied that one from the book, but it is near and dear to my heart. I do, however, realize that some words might be egregiously long for the internet, and will aid in the loss of readers, so there is no sense in using them. I do not know that it is the best idea to just dumb down you text, which I do feel is what happens, just because some readers might not understand them, but I am only a freshman who knows little about the English language or the internet.
So are you an Anglo-Saxon (boo) or a Greco-Latin?
A link to the course site, written in an entirely blaze fashion? What is this world coming to?