Tampering with Words

Fundamental accuracy of statement is the one sole morality of writing. Ezra Pound The title of this post vaguely retraces that of a successful book by a popular Italian writer about honesty in the use of words and language. A few years later, another book followed with a similar title, With Exact Words. Language workers are expected to make correct, exact, and honest use of language and words. Unfortunately, though, many, in the industry, including the most prominent figures, often make a sloppy and dishonest use of words, deliberately tampering […]

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