Editors' Preface to Douglas M. MacDowell, Studies on Greek Law, Oratory
, 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.