Writing & Editing How to avoid beginning sentences with ‘and’ or ‘but’ It’s a ‘conversational’ writing device that, originally intended as a verbal condiment, has taken over the entire sandwich. Time to spit it out, cleanse your palate, and start over with a clean plate. By Rob Reinalda@word_czarAug. 16, 2013 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.