Subject: OFF-TOPIC:expressiveness,profanity
From: Al Rubottom <alrub -at- INETWORLD -dot- NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 1996 13:18:58 -0700

For those truly curious about expressiveness in English:

The best, IMHO, new book this last year on writing [*not*
technical] is The Elements of Expression, Putting Thoughts
Into Words, by Arthur Plotnik, Henry Holt & Co., [not yet in
paper but maybe by next year], ISBN 0-8050-3773-X [$20].

Plotnik is brilliant, an inspired and inspiring writer. His earlier
The Elements of Editing is well-known, a standard reference.
This new book is a masterpiece. Can't say enough good things
about it. And BTW, he concisely and without apology [because
none is needed!] lays out the appropriateness and power of
the f-word [and other so-called bad words] in spoken and written
usage. Even if [maybe *especially* if!] you have such highly
sensitized moral(istic) antennae that you quiver all over when
meeting the dreaded f-word, you really oughta read Plotnik.
He makes it unambiguously clear how, and maybe even why,
such "tough talk" works, and works well. Read and enjoy.

Al Rubottom /\ alrub -at- inetworld -dot- net
tel: 619.292.9998 /\ fax: 619.541.2260

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