The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing by Steven Pinker

By Steven Pinker

A brief and wonderful ebook at the sleek artwork of writing good via New York Times bestselling writer Steven Pinker

Why is rather a lot writing so undesirable, and the way do we make it larger? Is the English language being corrupted by way of texting and social media? Do the youngsters this day even care approximately solid writing? Why may still any folks care?

In The feel of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker solutions those questions and extra. Rethinking the utilization consultant for the twenty first century, Pinker doesn't carp in regards to the decline of language or recycle puppy peeves from the rulebooks of a century in the past. in its place, he applies insights from the sciences of language and brain to the problem of crafting transparent, coherent, and fashionable prose.

In this brief, pleased, and eminently sensible publication, Pinker indicates how writing depends upon mind's eye, empathy, coherence, grammatical know-how,and a capability to have fun with and reverse-engineer the great prose of others. He replaces dogma approximately utilization with cause and facts, permitting writers and editors to use the ideas judiciously, instead of mechanically, being aware of what they're designed to accomplish.

Filled with examples of serious and ugly prose, Pinker indicates us how the artwork of writing could be a kind of pleasant mastery and a desirable highbrow subject in its personal correct.

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Erskine Caldwell, The Earnshaw Neighborhood, 1971) beautifuller Sometimes heard instead of more beautiful. ” because begone An old scolding expression, meaning “be off, get out of here,” that is still heard in the South. ” beignet A French-style doughnut popular in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana. It is also spelled bignet and is sometimes pronounced ben-y¯a. being Because, since. ” Why. ” become to be To come to be, to come about. ” “ ‘Yes, sir. ’ ” (William Faulkner, “Wash,” 1934) bed baby An infant who can’t crawl yet, who remains mostly in his or her crib or bed.

Bug under the chip An old expression, common in the South, meaning an ulterior motive. ” An old term for a large portion of liquor. buck-nekked Completely naked. “‘They got drunk and crashed the door in on him and found him bucknekked, dancing the highland fling. ’ ” (William Faulkner, Sanctuary, 1931) Other similar terms are buck ass-naked, buck born-naked and stark bucknaked. build the fence To get married when a child is on the way. ” built from the ground up Sturdy, stocky. ” bull ant The large black, stinging carpenter ant.

Borga; booga unknown. ” was a call to school. ” born tired and raised lazy worthless. boomalally A soldier, especially one parading to music, the term apparently deriving from the sound of drums; first applied to cadets at the South Carolina Military Academy. bosom bread These were large, flat loaves of bread that black stevedores working the Mississippi steamboats carried in their shirt fronts (against their chests or bosoms) for snacks throughout the day. They needed such fuel, as these longshoremen expended more energy than almost any other workers at the time.

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