Posted by Todd (22.214.171.124) on January 17, 2000 at 17:22:52:
In Reply to: Jargon, simplicity and the truth... posted by Q on January 17, 2000 at 12:09:38:
SOME uses of specific, though perhaps rarely used words, are intended to avoid obfuscation and clearly express that which the writer intended.
To reduce everything to "simple expressions", while admirable, completely ignores the reality of linguistics and leads only to the 'lowest common denominator' philosophy which has led many school systems to conclude that they must teach to the least capable student.
The net result is an entire generation (or two) who are functionally illiterate.
Sorry, I refuse to join the "Mediocrity Rules" bandwagon, despite the politically correct and sociologically incorrect, pressures to do so.
Where's Edwin Neuman when we really need him?
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