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I once knew a guy that used to use ... try to use "big" words when he spoke. There were two problems with his style. First was, he used the words wrong. Second was he was usually speaking to people that had no idea what the words meant.

I used to laugh when I listened to him. I knew what he was trying to say, and knew that few others did.

He reminded me of Mugs McGinnis from the Dead End Kids.

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When attorneys stop using attorney words in their documents I'll stop using inspector words in mine.

An attorney called me a few years ago and asked if I could be more specific about a decayed rake board on the front gable. I told him no, that that was about as specific as I could get. Then I told him what I was talking about.

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Originally posted by Eric B

When attorneys stop using attorney words in their documents I'll stop using inspector words in mine.

Count me as a member of that camp too, Eric.

During the inspection, I tailor my words to what I feel is a level the buyer can understand . I don't do that with my reports. I try to take the time to choose words carefully, and to choose words that are precise. My report is the record of what I saw, what I did and what I recommended. I'm not going to dumb it down. If a reader doesn't understand a word, let him google it!

Am I the only one who finds it incredibly ironic that Frank Luntz, the master of doublespeak, is advocating the use of small, simple words?

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Windows is Shutting Down

by Clive James

Windows is shutting down, and grammar are

On their last leg. So what am we to do?

A letter of complaint go just so far,

Proving the only one in step are you.

Better, perhaps, to simply let it goes.

A sentence have to be screwed pretty bad

Before they gets to where you doesnt knows

The meaning what it must be meant to had.

The meteor have hit. Extinction spread,

But evolution do not stop for that.

A mutant languages rise from the dead

And all them rules is suddenly old hat.

Too bad for we, us what has had so long

The best seat from the only game in town.

But there it am, and whom can say its wrong?

Those are the break. Windows is shutting down.

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Originally posted by SonOfSwamp

And there's this, a rant from David Duchovny's character, Hank, in Californication.

...People seem to be getting dumber and dumber. You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure (self-pleasuring) machines. The Internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it's really given us is Howard Dean's aborted candidacy and 24 hour a day access to kiddie porn. People...they don't write anymore - they blog. Instead of talking, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it's just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people at a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King's English.id="blue">

WJ

That is dope--like ya know-word- TTYL

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