Dave Lee

Crimes against language

"Here is a suggestion for writers. You cannot outshout the crowds. So distinguish yourselves by choosing accurate, vivid words between the evasions of euphemism and the temptations of exaggeration. Crimes against language, in the long run, make it harder to describe crimes against humanity."

An excellent take from "JOHNSON", The Economist's long-running column on language and its misuse. While words and turns of phrase can dip in and out of style, a writer should never give up on precision.

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