Thursday, April 28, 2016

The age of pointless brevity …

… Rediscovering The Point Of Language | Standpoint.

Pointless brevity is certainly a problem. But, as the author notes, "Brevity and concision do not themselves pose a problem." In fact, they are necessary virtues, even when a topic demands expansion. There is still plenty of prolix stuff around. Shorter, when better, is harder. Going on and on is always easy and never good. Anna Karenina is long, but has no longueurs.

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