By Arthur Plotnik

Greater than ever during this thoroughly up to date variation, The components of Expression is helping be aware clients "light up the cosmos or the written web page or the face around the table" as they search the radiance of expressiveness—the vibrant expression of concepts, emotions, and observations.

Nothing kills radiance just like the murky, everyday language dominating today's speak, airwaves, and posts. It tugs at our each sentence, yet utilizing it to precise something past the standard is like flapping the tongue to flee gravity. The components of Expression deals an adventurous and encouraging flight into phrases that actually percentage what's percolating in our minds. right here writers, presenters, scholars, bloggers—even good intentioned "Mad Men"—will observe language to express distinct emotions, circulate audiences, pride and persuade.

No snob or scold, the acclaimed word-maven Arthur Plotnik explores the complete diversity of expressiveness, from playful "tough talk" to finely wrought literature, with 1000's of rousing examples. Confessing that we're all "like a squid in its ink" while first groping for luminous expression, he shines his amiable wit at the components major, finally, to language of "fissionable intensity."

Show description

Read or Download The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words (2nd Edition) PDF

Best reference books

Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Man Skills

Following the luck of the entire Worst-Case situation Survival instruction manual (more than 150,000 copies offered! ), this ruggedly good-looking assortment brings jointly new and vintage suggestion from Worst-Case specialists to aid readers grasp the manly arts—from wrestling an alligator to calming a crying baby to extinguishing yard barbecue fires.

Trademark Surveys: A Litigator's Guide

In trademark litigation, surveys are an incredible part which may be certain infringement or dilution of a hallmark. they generally entail complex felony and procedural concerns, and usually require the prone of an outdoor professional and a survey help crew. Trademark Surveys: A Litigator's consultant is a criminal advisor on constructing and critiquing trademark surveys.

PASCAL-XSC: Language Reference with Examples

This guide describes a PASCAL extension for clinical computation with the quick identify PASCAL-XSC (PASCAL eXtension for clinical Computation). The language is the results of a protracted time period attempt of contributors of the Institute for utilized arithmetic of Karlsruhe college and a number of other linked scientists.

Additional info for The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words (2nd Edition)

Sample text

What is to be our measure of correctness in written communications? Consider today’s environment, a rock concert–like din of overloaded and understimulated brains. Today, when an audience pays the extraordinary price of its attention, it wants recognizable or standard patterns, yes. But that’s only the beginning. To compete with other stimuli, written expression had better deliver relevance! Payoff! Utility! Information! Transformation! Feedback! Power! Control! In the last several decades we have seen the rise of, 42 T h e e l e m e n t s o f e x p r e s s i o n / Arthur Plotnik among other phenomena, New Journalism and its rude vitality; instantaneous electronic feedback; the demands of a culturally diverse audience; and the not-alwaysdeplorable expectation of entertainment as a reward for attention.

L. Mencken, Margaret M. Bryant, Theodore Bernstein, Bergen and Cornelia Evans, Jacques Barzun, and E. B. White. Such language guardians are worthy people, even when driven by egos the size of an unabridged Webster’s. They are heroes. Their teeth ache, the freethinkers mock them, their children rebel. Undeterred, they fight for precision in the language. They will argue with mindboggling tenacity, for example, that boggle is an intransitive verb and therefore incapable of transmitting action from subject to object.

And where’s the fun in it? You want fun? Watch how language authorities sweat when they try to define Standard English. See how they grope for terms that are not biased toward their own heritage. ” But educated in what? Educated by whom? Are we talking about Ivy Leaguers or grease monkey-savants? Virtually all the common definitions are biased: Standard English is “elegant” English. ” “The language of good s ta n da r d e n g l i s h: w h o n e e d s i t ? ” One definition, referring to the English of “mature, socially responsible” adults, bars some of my best friends from the club.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.70 of 5 – based on 37 votes