Friday, June 04, 2021


Clarity and Precision

Editors' Preface to Douglas M. MacDowell, Studies on Greek Law, Oratory and Comedy, edd. Ilias Arnaoutoglou et al. (London: Routledge, 2018), p. x:
He was not fond of flowery but imprecise words, and he would rather have a simple word work hard to convey the required meaning. His students always knew that if they tried to impress him with some fanciful term or trendy neologism, most likely they would be asked to clarify precisely what they mean in simple terms, until it became apparent to them that there was no escape from clarity and precision.

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