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Maybe I skipped class the day this was covered. There’s an accepted order for the adjectives you stack up in front of a noun! Who knew?
The natural order (to our Occidental ears, anyway) is: opinion or judgment, size, age, shape, color, nationality, material, and purpose or qualifier.
Now, I bet we could come up with combos that don’t sound very good even though they adhere to the rule, so this is probably more of a guideline than carved in serious massive ancient irregular gray Tibetan granite milling stone.
To be honest, I hardly ever pile up more than a couple of adjectives before a noun, if only because there are usually better ways of describing something. I suppose if you absolutely must get the complete essence of an object into one sentence, this rule will come in handy.
Another way to deal with it, though, is to mess around with the adjectives until they sound right. After all, we have to think about rhythm as well as function, and if your exquisite rule-based arrangement is clunky, readers won’t care that the sentence is correct.
This has been another unsolicited grammar tip from What The Hell.