Even cliches have their use in this regard. In this short review I cannot point out in any detail the superior quality of Duprat's French translation, but from the very first chapter of the work, in which Heinsius explains the utility of his theorizing, one can tell from Duprat's more accurate rendering o f Heinsius' elegant but concise Latin that Sellin's and McMannon's translation not infrequently missed or modified the text's original meaning. The Civil War: A Concise Account By A Noted Southern Historian from the collective studies and historical perceptions of Grady McWhiney Founder of the Grady McWhiney Foundation is an invaluable compendium providing the reader with an overall understandings and historical survey of the American Civil War. Having a mental picture of my ideal reader helps my writing: I want to make it as easy as possible for them to understand my message. They simply help writers craft vivid, active, robust prose. As with deletion of expletives, a stronger verb is an additional benefit. Here are some specifics about what to look for: 1.
Gratuitous words intensifiers and qualifiers can help establish the tone in humorous writing, as can euphemisms. If getting the nuances and implications just right is important, then removing linguistic machinery can actually add room for misinterpretation. Here in lies the power of reading it over the next day. This article provides a great list of the common enemies of clarity. My practice is to dedicate my first edit to accuracy and consistency, and my second to eradicating cliches, unnecessary modifiers, redundancies, etc. Trim them to tighten your writing.
Concise, succinct, terse all refer to speech or writing that uses few words to say much. But, of course, rules are not rigid. Concise usually implies that unnecessary details or verbiage have been eliminated from a more wordy statement: a concise summary of the speech. Terse sometimes suggests brevity combined with wit or polish to produce particularly effective expression: a terse, almost aphoristic, style. However, I agree with Stephanie on 4. My biggest problem is qualifiers.
Eschew Euphemisms Generally, words that disguise concepts degrade language, which is all about expressing, not repressing, meaning. Nor am I suggesting that every one must be followed in every piece of writing. For me deadlines and constraints enhance the directness of my prose and actually help. Nor, as I mentioned to Bob, are they strictures to be observed in all cases. Succinct, on the other hand, implies that the message is as originally composed and is expressed in as few words as possible: a succinct statement of the problem. Limiting yourself to a word or sentence count and constantly practicing is a great way to develop this skill.
Not as much in the prose, but the dialogue. Want to improve your English in 5 minutes a day? This is known as a nominalization, or smothering a verb. . Knowing what works for you is the key. Copy the code below and paste it where you want the visualization of this word to be shown on your page:. It may also suggest brusqueness or curtness: a terse reply that was almost rude. Thanks for letting me vent.
Still, this is a useful guideline, particularly items 1, 4, and 7. However, use of some euphemisms, such as those for human disabilities, is a well-meaning effort to preserve the dignity of the disabled, though some people argue that such cosmetic wording actually harms people by diminishing the seriousness of their condition, or that it is for the benefit not of the disabled but of people who would rather not be reminded of the disabled. The mood you are in when you begin writing is also important. Of course allowances should be made for humorous writing. .
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