THREE ESSENTIALS





The three essentials of the English language are: Purity, Perspicuity

and Precision.



By Purity is signified the use of good English. It precludes the use of

all slang words, vulgar phrases, obsolete terms, foreign idioms, ambiguous

expressions or any ungrammatical language whatsoever. Neither does it

sanction the use of any newly coined word until such word is adopted by

the best writers and speakers.



Perspicuity demands the clearest expression of thought conveyed in

unequivocal language, so that there may be no misunderstanding whatever

of the thought or idea the speaker or writer wishes to convey. All

ambiguous words, words of double meaning and words that might possibly be

construed in a sense different from that intended, are strictly

forbidden. Perspicuity requires a style at once clear and comprehensive

and entirely free from pomp and pedantry and affectation or any straining

after effect.



Precision requires concise and exact expression, free from redundancy

and tautology, a style terse and clear and simple enough to enable the

hearer or reader to comprehend immediately the meaning of the speaker or

writer. It forbids, on the one hand, all long and involved sentences,

and, on the other, those that are too short and abrupt. Its object is to

strike the golden mean in such a way as to rivet the attention of the

hearer or reader on the words uttered or written.





THIS MUCHTHUS MUCH THROUGHTHROUGHOUT facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Feedback