RE: Concision?

Subject: RE: Concision?
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>, "Odile Sullivan-Tarazi" <odile -at- mindspring -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 11:28:58 -0400

Not me. I'm bringing back so-called archaic definitions.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pinkham, Jim [mailto:Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 10:57 AM
> To: Odile Sullivan-Tarazi
> Cc: Cardimon, Craig; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Concision?
> I think the New Oxford Guide editors should go back to Orwell's
> "Politics and the English Language" and dispense with words such as
> "concision" altogether. But I have no wish to start a dictionary or
> style skirmish. This was, as I said, just a good-natured tweak.
> Best,
> Jim
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Odile Sullivan-Tarazi [mailto:odile -at- mindspring -dot- com]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 9:46 AM
> To: Pinkham, Jim
> Cc: Cardimon, Craig; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Concision?
> No, I think he meant "concision," a more precise (and concise) word
> "conciseness."
> See, for instance, _The New Oxford Guide to Writing_ or _Style:
> Toward Clarity and Grace, the latter of which devotes an entire
> to concision.
> Odile
> At 8:40 AM -0500 10/29/08, Pinkham, Jim wrote:
> >"Concision," huh? I thought you meant "conciseness," and I had to go
> >look the two up.
> >
> >Merriam-Webster dates "concision" back to the 14th century, but its
> >first listed rendering is archaic, "a cutting up or off," and then
> >second rendering, of indeterminate origin, gets at conciseness.
> >"Conciseness," on the other hand, dates to around 1590 and has the
> >definition I suspect you meant: "marked by brevity of expression or
> >statement."
> >
> >So accurate, brief, clear -- that's what we value. Hmm...and someone
> >just suggested law?? :)
> >
> >OK, enough tweaking...back to work.
> >
> >Respectfully,
> >Jim
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: techwr-l-bounces+jim -dot- pinkham=voith -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> >[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+jim -dot- pinkham=voith -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> >Behalf Of Cardimon, Craig
> >Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:15 AM
> >To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> >Subject: RE: Career transition away from tech writing
> >
> >> I'm thinking about leaving the field of technical writing and I'm
> very
> >
> >> interested in learning about the jobs other technical writers have
> >> transitioned to. Project management, training, and user experience
> >seem
> >> to be the more common transitions, but are there other areas you
> >> have ventured into?
> >>
> >> Thank you.
> >
> >I would bet this comes up more often than one might think. How about
> any
> >field that values concision, clarity, and precision. To these I add
> >attention to detail and the ability to organize one's thoughts.
> >
> >Craig
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