RE: watch your language! (or don't)

Subject: RE: watch your language! (or don't)
From: "Laurel Hickey" <lhickey -at- 2morrow -dot- bc -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 11:05:27 -0700

Hi diotima

I agree. Language - and writing - for most people is heavily context-driven.
I'm going to use different words and sentence structures depending on who I
am with and where we are, and for writing, who the audience is and the
intended effect. If I'm writing a technical report on the chemical makeup of
beer, my tone and word choice will be different than if I was writing an
article about a beer tasting for a high-brow magazine. And different again
than in an email to a friend when setting up a pub crawl.

And in the words of the immortal Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the episode
where she drinks a witched brew and reverts to a primitive state, sometimes
it's enough to say: BEER GOOD!

Language is fun. ;-))

Laurel Hickey
2morrow writing & document design
lhickey -at- 2morrow -dot- bc -dot- ca

i absolutely refuse to become an unimaginitive humorless anal-retentive
language snob in my everyday life. this is in no way mutally exclusive with
the ability to communicate clearly, professionally, and according to the
rules of grammar when the situation calls for it. for those who incapable of
accepting this, i feel sorry for you. nay, for the people who must endure

i feel surrounded, which is all the more reason to retain my sense of humor
and revel in the beauty of language, all language.



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