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May 25, 2003

Cross Words Update 3

Daniel Radosh

Whose Language Is It Anyway? asks Stephen S. Pickering in The New York Times. "George Orwell wrote an essay in 1946 on politics and language contending that the clarity of one's writing mirrored clarity of thought; that if a person could not state his position clearly in print, his views were probably similarly muddled. It is not a bad caution for managing this largely unmanageable language: Grammar is important, clarity is more so. Maybe that's the lesson for those PSAT students."

Which is ironic, since I'm not the least bit sure what his point is.

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