Saturday, August 27, 2005

But I Don't Like Big Words

FAQ # 8


It’s a common misconception that “speaking well” means cramming five-dollar words into every sentence, and the longer the words, the better.

We at the VRP are not fooled.

Clearly, the English language is full of classy words that are also short. Therefore, to speak well, one doesn’t have to go from saying, “He writes really good” to declaiming, “He writes with superlative cognizance.” A simple “He writes with verve” will do.

The VRP recognizes the beauty of one-syllable flair.


Blogger Andrew Simone said...

I have wrote it once and will write it again:

The Twin Towers of Power Prose:
1. brevity
2. secificity
If they fall, verbal hell breaks loose.

Even Mr. Elliot makes me wince when he uses words like "polyphiloprogentive," albiet aptly.

1:04 PM  
Blogger piksea said...

It doesn't matter to me the size of the words, but that they are used correctly. The proper word, big or small can make or break the message.

8:40 AM  

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