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A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. Options
Daemon
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
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Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 12:55:32 AM

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hear! hear!
Thommy
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 4:42:13 AM
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Sounds interesting.I will try whether
I can get it and whether he is right. Dancing
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Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 5:04:17 AM

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I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English--it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them--then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.
- Letter to D. W. Bowser, 3/20/1880

http://www.twainquotes.com/Adjectives.html
MTC
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 9:59:56 AM
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More succinctly, Twain also said: As to the Adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.
(Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894)

Twain's prescription was especially good medicine for his times. The modern disease is not verbosity, however, but butchery of the language into bite-sized bits in Tweets, Posts and Text messages, among others. I wonder what the great man would have to say about that were he alive today?
joel
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:24:45 AM
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So true!
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Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:32:35 AM

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Best to scrap your repertoire of adjectives "quickly", and start over "slowly".
jcbarros
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 12:10:02 PM

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This sentence requires some examples. Think
thar
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 12:19:41 PM

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I use "cool" way too much as an adjective at the moment.

But I have the sneaking suspicion that it makes my character not cool, but seriously uncool!

Isn't this the idea of neuro-linguistic programming - use the right adjectives and you train your character towards the right traits?
Maggie
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 1:28:15 PM
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And in a similar vein:

"I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs."
- Stephen King
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Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 2:02:15 PM

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MTC wrote:
More succinctly, Twain also said: As to the Adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.
(Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894)

Twain's prescription was especially good medicine for his times. The modern disease is not verbosity, however, but butchery of the language into bite-sized bits in Tweets, Posts and Text messages, among others. I wonder what the great man would have to say about that were he alive today?


I think he would praise it for solving his problem.
MTC
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 3:52:12 PM
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Maggie wrote: "I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs."
- Stephen King

My response:

Adverbs to right of them
Adverbs to left of them
Adverbs in front of them
Oh how they blundered!
Scoffed at by Sephen King;
He made their tin ears ring.
Badly they wrote-- not well
Into a Writer’s hell
See how they blundered!

MTC
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:20:44 PM
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Nice poem MC:)

However, I wonder what Edgar Alan Poe would have to say about all this?:)
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Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:44:57 PM
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Marissa La Faye Isolde wrote:
Nice poem MC:)

However, I wonder what Edgar Alan Poe would have to say about all this?:)



I suspect that Poe would quote the Raven, and speak of adjectives, never more.
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 12:16:25 AM
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