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Avoid dialects that you don't have or know intimately.

Speaking of annoying people and danger in poetry, avoid writing in dialects that you don't have. For instance, the Australian dialect is known as "Strine," which happens to be the Strine version of the word Australian. Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson used Strine in such poems as "The Man from Snowy River". Paterson was born and lived in Australia making the dialect natural to him. If you're born in America and have never been to Australia, you will probably not be able to do justice to the Strine dialect in a poem or song.

Likewise, if you're a Damnedyankee, don't even think about writing in a Southern dialect. Not only will you probably not get it right, but also Southerners might get the impression you are making fun of them. That might well annoy them. Remember, annoying people can be fun, but it can also be very dangerous, especially when the people you are annoying take both honor and weaponry seriously. Luckily, most Southerners also have a sense of humor and can laugh at a joke like a Yankee.

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