There are two words that I believe could be completely eradicated from our vocabulary – “I can’t.
A good vocabulary is not acquired by reading books written according to some notion of the vocabulary of one’s age group. It comes from reading books above one.
Dear me, what would this barren vocabulary get out of the mightiest spectacle?-the burning of Rome in Nero’s time, for instance? Why, it would merely say, ‘Town burned down; no insurance; boy brast a window, fireman brake his neck!’ Why, THAT ain’t a picture!
Don’t use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.
Lethargy. It’s a word I know, because it’s in one of my father’s favorite expressions. Lethargy breeds lethargy. It means the more you lie around doing nothing, the more you want to lie around doing nothing. Your limbs and your mind feel so heavy that it becomes a major effort just to lift your arm to channel surf.
Milton’s learned vocabulary … and his distant perspectives, represent the authoritative unintelligibility of the parents’ speech as heard by the child.
Lincoln bought a German language newspaper.
Cussing doesn’t come from a lack of vocabulary – I know all the other words. None of them speak the same language that my fucking heart does.
The word is only a representation of the meaning; even at its best, writing almost always falls short of full meaning. Given that, why in God’s name would you want to make things words by choosing a word which is only cousin to the one you really wanted to use?
He uses the nice old words so rich in tradition to be sure I know he means it.