The Discriminant

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Less Than Words Can Say

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Richard Mitchell’s book about grammar is available online in full, here. He says meaningless words and sentences obscure their creator’s intended message.

Jefferson must have imagined an America in which all citizens would be able, when they felt like it, to address one another as members of the same class. That we cannot do so is a sore impediment to equality, but, of course, a great advantage to those who can use the English of power and wealth.

It details the stupidity of bureaucracy and the ability of administrators to bore people with long and insubstantial speeches, but it applies to life and the misuse of power universally. Words that add nothing in meaning detract in meaning. The book is long and verbose itself, with examples of different ways people try and pull one over on each other with nonsense.

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Written by discriminantauthor

February 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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