The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words

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Written with wit and humor, this compact, accessible guide to expressiveness as a goal apart from "getting it right", gives readers a fresh look at how they express (or fail to express) their thoughts and feelings both in writing and speaking. Perfect for writers, speakers, students, teachers, communicators, and self-improvers.

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An award-winning journalist, magazine executive and book editor, Arthur Plotnik is also the author of The Elements of Authorship and the best selling The Elements of Editing. A former publishing executive for the American Library Association and a member of American Forests, he lives in Chicago with his wife, artist Maty Phelan.

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This entertaining potpourri of thoughts about words by the associate publisher of the American Library Association touches on a variety of philological concerns. Plotnik (Elements of Editing) fails to lead with his strength: not a trained linguist, he does draw a distinction between prescriptive and descriptive grammar, coming down heavily in favor of the latter and ignoring possibilities of compromise. But he gets into trouble when he classifies all expressions as either standard or substandard, allowing for no distinction between formal and informal usage and accusing "authorities" of giving slang, jargon, argot and the like roughly equal status But once he turns to the steps leading to expressiveness, he is most effective, demonstrating a fine ability to choose quotations from writers past and present that really sing. He deals with verbal power, cliches, borrowing apt phrases from others, jargon and even public speaking. A helpful little compendium for writers and speakers wishing to brush up on their prose.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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