Plain Language – Evocative Language
In my “day job” I am quite deliberate about using plain language. I realize its importance in business settings. In some organizations simple communications are even more important than in others.
It doesn’t necessarily reflect the knowledge level of the readers either. Recently I found myself translating for a very high-level person with no degree, and an employee with more than one degree. Simple words were being used, but each person had a widely different definition for those terms.
Then there’s my creative writing and my personal preferences. I’ll go ahead and admit it – sometimes I can be a bit of a “grammarian.” However, that does not apply to using words in new and creative ways – or twisting them into something improper but fun!
What’s my point? Plain language and evocative language are not mutually exclusive ideas. Particularly in fiction [or other non-business settings] what a word makes the reader feel is very important. That’s why I enjoyed Mike Fedison’s post so much – An Effluvium of Hysteria. I very rarely “reblog” a post from another writer, but I thought this one was wonderful.
So… Please allow me to introduce the author of “The Eye Dancers,” Michael S. Fedison.
I love words. I always have. I caught the bug at a very early age. I remember when I was eight years old, reading comic books, I would sometimes come across words I’d never heard of. When I did, I would immediately put the comic down and open the dictionary I had, easily accessible, on a book shelf in my room.
One of the first words I recall discovering this way was “sanctimonious.” It occurred in Fantastic Four # 111, and it was Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) who uttered it. Back then, reading issue after issue of my favorite comic book, I could always count on old Reed to introduce me to new and exciting words.
In school essays, I would occasionally show off, and use some of the intimidating words I’d learned. When I was nine or ten, teachers would comment favorably. They were just happy…
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