Why Workplace Jargon Is A Big Problem
Orwell goes on to condemn “pretentious diction” -- words such as utilize and categorical, which are still very present in the workplace ... that abstract language leads listeners to believe a speaker is lying more often than concrete language does.
Why does bigotry endure?
People hear "Aryan Brotherhood" and get all hung up on the first word, completely overlooking the "brotherhood ... As Marx once put the matter, the argument rises "from the abstract to the concrete." The book starts with a phenomenological depiction ...
The Secret to Good Writing: It's About Objects, Not Ideas
It's all too easy for students to float away on abstract words. Here's how to get them back on solid ground. It's a crucial question for those who want to reform the teaching of writing ... "What is a concrete noun?" a student might ask.
When Is a Noun a Verb? Examining ‘Double Duty’ Words
Provide words for the class and elicit more from students. You may wish to include slang terms like “stan” – a term for “super fan” which, The Times reported, “can be used as both a noun (‘OMG, I am the biggest Rihanna stan’) or as a verb ...
Movies and The R-Word
Mr. Stiller has tried to explain why the use of ... I’d like for this abstract concept, this joke, to become a concrete reality. I’d like for Mr. Stiller (and TIME, and the countless adults and kids who routinely use the word “retard” as a joke ...