Re: Get to the point?

Subject: Re: Get to the point?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: techwr-l digest recipients <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2000 05:21:24 -0700

Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

>People like to show off. Writers are no different. People who don't have much
>to say somehow get the idea that if they use a lot of flowery language, people
>will respect them for their genius.

In addition, some writers are in love with the whole idea of
being a writer, and much more concerned with sounding impressive
than communicating. You can usually tell these writers by their
habit of saying that leaving out a phrase doesn't sound right;
they're writing to the rhythm of their sentences rather than to
the sense.

The upside to this kind of pretension is that it's often
unintentionally humorous, and provides most of the examples of
bad writing.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com | Tel: 604.421.7189

"They sought in kirk, they sought in hall,
The lady was na' seen,
She's o'er the border and awa'
Wi' Jock o' Hazeldean."
-Sir Walter Scott, "Jock o' Hazeldean"

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