Short Response - Short Response: Zinsser "On Writing...

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Short Response: Zinsser “On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction” Questions: Does the author have any other occupation? What other books does he write? Why does the author emphasize simplicity so much? Does he detest the clutter in the professional field languages? If the long word is no better than the short word, how should one decide which one to use? Overall theme: Writing well is a difficult task: it requires using simplicity, getting rid of clutter, having one’s own style, and writing for oneself. Passage: “Speaking of which, we are experiencing considerable difficulty getting that word out of the language. Even your dentist will ask if you are experiencing any pain. If he had one of his own children in the chair he would say, "Does it hurt?" He would, in short, be himself. By using a more pompous phrase in his professional role he not only sounds more important; he blunts the painful edge of truth. It is the language of the airline stewardess demonstrating the oxygen mask that will drop down if the plane should
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