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The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts Into Words

Plotnik, Arthur

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Title: The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts...

Publication Date: 2012

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A funny and useful grammar book! There are many grammar and usage books that give advice on correct English. This isnt one of them. The Elements of Expression targets expressiveness as a goal apart from getting it technically right. Imagine the yawns a sportscaster would induce by announcing, His bat struck the ball and the ball went into the stands, instead of He took that ball downtown! And why say, Id prefer it if you didnt volunteer your opinions, if what you really mean is When I want your advice, I'll beat it out of you (Chuck Norris, Code of Silence)? Written with uncommon wit and humor, The Elements of Expression offers writers, speakers, and self-improvers a fresh look at how they express (or fail to express) their thoughts and feelings. Plotnik supplies many engaging examples of adventurous language to show the tremendous power of words to describe and enliven human experience. For people who care about language and want to write or speak forcefully, effectivelyin a word, expressivelythis is the audiobook to turn on!

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This new and expanded version from Viva Editions beams one of my most cherished (and much-lauded) titles into today's wild arena of expression and expressiveness, where only the mighty get thumbs-up from the crowd. Here are a few words from my new preface:
      "[When the first edition came out in 1995] in came raves from  reviewers and readers, selection by The Book of the Month Club, newspaper features, radio interviews, brisk sales, admiring fans, yadda yadda yadda. The point is, the book earned a solid seal of approval. But then . . . to be fair, so did Windows 95, and everyone knows how useful 1995 software is today unless deftly updated.
      "Well, I have updated the book---on top of updates for two interim versions. For this present and most complete revision, I've refreshed hundreds of stale bits, replaced dozens of outdated items with current material, and written seven timely "sidebar" features and a major new wrap-up section [on achieving 'intensity'].  I believe, however, that the book's greatest strength remains its core advice, delivered with compassion for all who struggle with expression.
       "  . . .  This new version has benefited from two other, recent books (and scores of articles) I've done on contemporary language and style. For these projects I've had to  ponder the madly competitive writing environment and what it takes to break through; the seductive ease of online expression; the tug of worn, generic language on conversation and public discourse. I've looked at literary and popular styles, at fashions in slang, including---ay yo!---rap and hip hop.  All such ponderings have informed this revision. . . . . "

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