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But why? It is not archaic. Its meaning in the sense of a cutting
up or off is archaic. Its meaning as the quality or state of being
concise is not. And in AH, the order of those two entries is
reversed: concision as the quality or state of being concise is
The second book I cited, _Style: Toward Clarity and Grace_, is put
out by the University of Chicago Press as part of their guide to
writing, editing, and publishing series. These guys know a little
something about word choice.
At 9:57 AM -0500 10/29/08, Pinkham, Jim wrote:
>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.
>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 than
>See, for instance, _The New Oxford Guide to Writing_ or _Style:
>Toward Clarity and Grace, the latter of which devotes an entire chapter
>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 the
>>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
>>So accurate, brief, clear -- that's what we value. Hmm...and someone
>>just suggested law?? :)
>>OK, enough tweaking...back to work.
>>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
>>> interested in learning about the jobs other technical writers have
>>> transitioned to. Project management, training, and user experience
>>> to be the more common transitions, but are there other areas you may
>>> have ventured into?
>>> Thank you.
>>I would bet this comes up more often than one might think. How about
>>field that values concision, clarity, and precision. To these I add
>>attention to detail and the ability to organize one's thoughts.
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