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Unformatted text preview: Pedantry, military logic, and romance contrast with the horrors of death in these chapters. The first two can be amusing; the romance is touching; but death is never far away. Peckem likes to think of himself as a superior intellect, and he does have some education, which should not be confused with wisdom. He likes to be precise with words. Words are to Peckem what parades are to Scheisskopf. Peckem never writes "memorandums," for example, because "memoranda" should be the proper plural. He likes to "augment," not just "increase." Events in his command are "upcoming," never just "coming" or "approaching." He is fastidious about insignificant matters, quick to see fault in others, and blind to his own failings. He finds the prose of other officers to be laughably "turgid, stilted, or ambiguous." They are likely to say "verbal" when, of course, they to be laughably "turgid, stilted, or ambiguous....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
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